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Rutherford's Den

2 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
+64 3-363 2836
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Interesting and informative!

Lovely little museum with very keen, enthusiastic and helpful staff. Really well laid out with lots... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
via mobile
A tribute to one of our greatest New Zealanders.

Rutherford is one person all New Zealanders should know at least something about his life and work... read more

Reviewed 27 May 2017
Palmerston North, New Zealand
via mobile
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Arts Centre's newest attraction, Rutherford's Den - an historic space dedicated to the science of New Zealand's most famous scientist. Ernest, Lord Rutherford, the moustached man on the $100 note, began his education in the very rooms that Rutherford's Den is located. Visitors get to experience not only the historic features of the rooms, but brand new state-of-the-art exhibits as they learn about the science of Rutherford and his peers. The transformation of Rutherford's Den cost $2m and, as an independent charity, the Arts Centre will use some of the money from ticket sales to help pay for this - plus refresh it in future. Online ticketing is now available or you can buy tickets at the on-siteshop.
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  • Very good33%
  • Average16%
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“lecture” (5 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
2 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
+64 3-363 2836
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely little museum with very keen, enthusiastic and helpful staff. Really well laid out with lots of interactive exhibits. Interesting information about Rutherford’s life and the people who influenced him/worked with him but without overload. Our 3 year old enjoyed the interactive play and making...More

Thank Kpantos
Denshop, Rutherford's Den Staff at Rutherford's Den, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for visiting Rutherford's Den! We are pleased you enjoyed our museum and that your three year old was entertained by our interactive exhibits. Thanks again for visiting Rutherford's Den, we hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 27 May 2017 via mobile

Rutherford is one person all New Zealanders should know at least something about his life and work, and this exhibit is just the thing to do it.More

Thank Tenorman41
Management response:Responded 29 May 2017

Thank you for your great review of Rutherford's Den. We too are very proud of our Kiwi scientist, his work, and the influence he had on other scientists! We'd like to welcome and encourage all Kiwis, and those from overseas, to visit and learn about...More

Reviewed 1 March 2017

Good rainy day location proximate to Botanic gardens worth a visit with family as many interactive and learning exhibits of things that changed the future

Thank Alexander M
Management response:Responded 3 March 2017

Thank you for your response. We take great pleasure in providing interactive and learning exhibits aimed at the entire family. Thank you for your visit and we hope to see you again sometime soon.

Reviewed 5 February 2017

A new addition in Christchurch since the earthquake is the Rutherford's Den. place where the young and old can learn about atoms, and ions and other science related things from the past. It's not a big place and would take maybe 2 hours top but...More

Thank pretblueye
Management response:Responded 15 February 2017

Thank you for reviewing Rutherford's Den. We are pleased you found something educational and interesting for all ages. With regards to the lack of lift/elevator, during the restoration we were not allowed to retrofit one as the building is a Historic Place Category 1. We...More

Reviewed 2 January 2017

A good way to spend an hour on a rainy afternoon. Well presented interactive displays, and an interesting overview of one of New Zealand's most influential people. My 16 year old son did not want to go in, but I found him engrossed in many...More

Thank MichelleF325
Management response:Responded 22 January 2017

We at Rutherford's Den are very glad you enjoyed your time at the Den, and are very pleased to hear your son found it interesting too. Thank you for visiting us and we hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

I would have gave this Very Good or Excellent but I don't think it is worth $20pp. Lots of boards explaining the history. Some are interactive. The old lecture theatre is awesum to see.More

Thank TheSnakebite
Management response:Responded 22 January 2017

Thank you for visiting Rutherford's Den. We are sorry you didn't think it was worth the $20 entry fee. As an independent charitable trust we look for ways of raising money for the $35 million restoration and rebuild cost of the building and exhibits, including...More

Reviewed 15 September 2016

Building a tourist attraction based on the work of a Nobel laureate might seem like a hard ask, but Rutherford's Den in its new incarnation (post-earthquakes) makes a great attempt at making science & mathematics lively. Not all the exhibits were working or clearly explained...More

Thank zhuhai2007
Management response:Responded 22 January 2017

Thank you for visiting Rutherford's Den. We are pleased you enjoyed your visit. We are sorry to hear that some of the exhibits were not working for you. We did have some early teething problems last year but now are fully up and running. The...More

Reviewed 24 August 2016

Rutherford Den is opening following Christchurch earthquake repairs. It has had a total makeover to include interactive displays modelled on modern museum science. Earnest Rutherford attended this college during the 1890s starting his work to ultimately understand the atom. His fame was ensured when attending...More

1  Thank Bikingroy
Management response:Responded 22 January 2017

Thank you for visiting Rutherford's Den and the wonderful review. We are very pleased you like the exhibit and encourage you to visit us again soon.

Reviewed 23 July 2013

Amazing place with holographs and the lecture theaters that were used when Rutherford was studying there. I love this place.More

1  Thank nglenjarman
Management response:Responded 22 January 2017

Thank you for your review of Rutherford's Den, which you correctly said was damaged during the 2011 earthquake. However, the Den has now been fully restored and renovated with modern electronic exhibits and displays. We at the Den encourage you to come back and revisit...More

Reviewed 23 April 2012

Art Centre was badly damaged in earthquakes so there is not access to this attraction at present.More

1  Thank Deltaprime
Management response:Responded 22 January 2017

Rutherford's Den has now been completely restored and renovated with state of the art exhibits, such as interactive touch screens, all aimed at bringing the life and work of Ernest, Lord Rutherford to life. We encourage you to come and visit Rutherford's Den which is...More

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