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Free entry (donations appreciated) where you can experience New Zealand's rich cultural and natural history. See rare Maori artefacts and more than 1,000 pāua shells adorning the walls of the famous Pāua Shell House. Walk down the Christchurch...more
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I enjoyed taking a quick look at some of the exhibits whilst waiting to take a tour of the Botanical Gardens. It is a well done cross section of topics and exhibits regarding the area. The photography exhibition was an added bonus. I may take...More
Great location next to the gardens, tick two things off for the day. Gorgeous building housing so many interesting things. Did find the lay out a little confusing at times even with the map but well worth a couple of hours of wandering around. So...More
The layout is confusing, and the maps did not help greatly. Note to New Zealanders - all the maps refer to the entry floor as Level 1, not Ground Floor (the term used around New Zealand). This is no doubt helpful for overseas visitors, less...More
I used to take my under ten kids here regularly on a wet day. The Discovery section is highly interactive and my kids always had a great experience. As a local, I don't go so often but the displays are interesting and would appeal to...More
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
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 and end there, and then visit another part of the museum. I find the museum deceptive - it is a lot bigger than it appears at first - lots of small rooms.