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Address: 2 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 3-366 0989
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Rutherford's Den at the Arts Centre. Television, radio, sonar and...

Rutherford's Den at the Arts Centre. Television, radio, sonar and telephones - just some of the great inventions we enjoy today thanks to the scientific discoveries made by Ernest, Lord Rutherford and his peers. Step inside Rutherford's Den and enjoy fun, hands-on activities as you learn about science in the actual rooms where Rutherford studied

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Great hall

It was great to see the Great Hall back in action after earthquake repairs and improvements. The visit was made even more enjoyable by being able to view some of the other... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 June 2016
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Ottawa, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You have the tourist information centre in the middle and restaurants and other exhibits. For the scientists see the Nobel prize winning Rutherford den.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

My wife and I were lucky enough to win a 'behind the scenes tour' of the Arts Centre and the massive restoration project being undertaken following the Canterbury/Christchurch earthquakes. The effort and quality of the rebuild is 2nd to none and the Arts Centre team undertaking the work are some of the most committed people I have had the pleasure... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

After six years I sat in the North Quad today. There is such a long way to go and such a lot still to be fixed but the Christchurch Arts Centre is back! I couldn't go in the Great Hall as they were preparing for a recital - but that's fine! It's always heartening to know that cultural life is,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016 via mobile

It was great to see the Great Hall back in action after earthquake repairs and improvements. The visit was made even more enjoyable by being able to view some of the other progress at the Arts Centre and also being able to talk with the very engaging experts involved in the project.

Thank Gavin H
Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2016

So wonderful to be able to welcome back the Great Hall, this absolute gem of the Arts Centre restoration project. Hopefully by the end of the year it will be hosting regular concerts once again. Do note the memorial plaques of Helen Connon, first woman graduate, and Sir Apirana Ngata, first Maori graduate. The Memorial Window is a masterpiece in... More 

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2016 via mobile

I loved this years ago when I lived in ChCh and I feared the worst with initial reports following the earthquakes. I'm delighted to see the rebuild in progress (see photos) and the schedule for progressive reopening. I will review progress as I revisit.

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Invercargill, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2015

Still in a state of transition after all the quake damage but getting a lot of TLC and attracting a lot of arts and crafts partisans, stone Mason attraction etc. and is generally interesting. Definitely well worth a look and supporting the folk. Very close to CBD, the museum, boating sheds and other points for engaging in whatever takes your... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2015

This is a good place to find the art and handiwork of some of the many fine artists and craftspeople in Christchurch. For now it is in temporary quarters but easy to find along Worchester Boulevard.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2015

We stayed in Christchurch for a few days in April. When we walked around downtown we saw many stylish Gothic buildings damaged by the earthquake in 2011. The Arts Centre was one of them. Our host told us the city demolished the buildings that were beyond help and fenced up the ones that can be restored. I hope The Arts... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2015

Alas, nothing much remaines other than the framework of this lovely building. Repairing and rebuilding are still ongoing, but it'll probably take several more years before the place opens to the public again.

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