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Canterbury Museum

Rolleston Ave, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
+64 3-366 5000
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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

A highly organized and put together display. Well worth the value - one could spend a good many hours here.

Thank Craig R
Reviewed 2 days ago

Rainy day, what better option than a Museum tour, the paua house cuteness, the iconic ChCh early settler street, the Maori history and exhibits. The interesting section on Antarctica as a teaser before the Antarctica Centre. The visitors enjoyed trying out the old bike, struggling...More

Thank PauleLec
Reviewed 2 days ago

We visited the museum after the botanic gardens as it was a great way to spend the afternoon without spending any money! We thoroughly enjoyed the museum (so much so that we had to rush a few of the last exhibits because we had been...More

Thank Tassy S
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Museum good but quite traditional. Staff lovely and very welcoming. Love the interactiveness of some of the exhibits.

Thank Rhona A
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Free entry. This museum has an eclectic collection of exhibits, including dinosaurs, a mummy, water and recycling, natural history and local animals. We saw several special exhibits, including photography of Japanese tattoos and a replica of the Bluff Paua house. A good stop for visitors...More

Thank Rquinn09
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Not massively overwhelming nor boring and stuffy as some museums can be. Recreated Paua House from Bluff was the highlight and the movie that went with it.

Thank Camda
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Can never go wrong with free attractions. A short history on Maori and Canterbury culture, colonial era and Antarctic expedition. Also cameo features of Egyptian and Chinese exhibits. The mock Christchurch city street at the end is particularly interesting. Can spend anywhere from an hour...More

Thank pjcot1
Reviewed 1 week ago

Another place I enjoy visiting when in Christchurch. the museum has a little bit of everything through NZ's history and is very interesting to see.

Thank AngeChris2011
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting walk around this museum, with many areas showing the unusual past of Christchurch and beyond.

Thank James K
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a great time to visit the Caterbury Museum on several occasions! Liked their exhibitions specially the Banksy and NZ Travelposter Exhibitons in the last years! The only thing i find odd is the Museums Shop run by people who never have any good matching...More

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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