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Canterbury Museum

Rolleston Ave, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
+64 3-366 5000
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Christchurch Hop-On Hop-Off Tram
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Free entry (donations appreciated) where you can experience New Zealand's rich cultural and natural history heritage. Rare Maori artefacts and the stories behind them will fascinate you. See the famous Paua Shell House recreated in the Museum. Walk down the Christchurch Street and be transported back in time with the sights and sounds of pioneering days. Discover the heroic age of exploration and discovery in the Antarctic subcontinent.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Rolleston Ave, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
+64 3-366 5000
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is a lovely free museum to visit while in town. We initially had free guide taking us round some of the exhibits; imparting plenty of info along the way. Visited the following day as well looking at the displays ourselves. You can definitely spend...More

Thank nickss1
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Very good, 3 stories of absolute historical information. A great way to spend a few hours. This is easily accessible from the Christchurch tram system and admission is free.

Thank Crackers H
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The kids always love a visit. Always something new to see. Good cafe. Pity the magic floor has gone from the Discovery area.

Thank Wendy E
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

First off it's free. But the historians have really done some get work displaying the artifacts. My favorite was the decorative arts room, it's made me feel like it's was a Victorian version of the Collector's Room from the Guardians of the Galaxy. Very cool...More

Thank edlesch
Reviewed 6 days ago

Took my grandson and seeing through his eyes all the things to touch and a ride on the snow mobile.Very well presented of the different eras in Christchurch...

Thank Lar54
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Always a great family outing. Lots to see. Kids enjoyed it alot. The bird section is amazing! Best of any museum in nz!!

Thank Marietjie B
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Housed in a beautiful stone building on the edge of the botanical gardens just an easy stroll from the centre of town. There is christchurch streets depicting times gone by .shacktons Antarctic display. Maori life. a selection of birds and Moa with static and interactive...More

Thank Lesley B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First visit here but enjoyed the displays, especially the Paua house. Lots of seating around which was good as I was touring with my elderly father. The museum is close to the botanical gardens so would recommend doing both on the same day.

Thank LPtravelNZ
Reviewed 1 week ago

like an encyclopedia , growing up in CHCH have spent hundreds of hours here, learning and remembering, Wheelchair Friendly

Thank WilsonFamilyNz
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Been several times and always found something new. Great learning opportunities for all ages. Centrally placed and easy to find. Learn more about New Zealand by visiting the museum. Will be visiting again when I return. Recommended!

Thank RobBeardsworth
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26 January 2016|
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Response from Kathryn H | Reviewed this property |
Hi there, I'd say at least 2-3 hours. Although I love history, I prefer to do museums in chunks otherwise, everything starts blending together. Maybe spend a little time there, then do one of the open bus tours which begin... More