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Canterbury Museum

Open Now: 09:00 - 17:30
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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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Rolleston Ave, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
+64 3-366 5000
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Reviewed today via mobile

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

Thank ptyduke
Reviewed yesterday

Always enjoy our visits. Whether it is with children or overseas visitors, there is always something of interest. Love "The Street" . and the Paua House.

Thank Janine J
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Undoubtedly my favourite museum in NZ. It's sure worth a visit if you are in the city, as beside the museum it's the well known Botanic Garden too. The entrance is free though donation is appreciated.

Thank desmond169
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Nice museum with local history. Gorgeous location next door to the expansive botanic gardens. Easily accessible by the city loop tram.

Thank leewayconsulting
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Absolutely loved it here, children had a tea to explore to touch and play with stuff, was really good, cafe had a great selection, really enjoyed it, thanks

Thank Familyoffun2018
Reviewed 2 days ago

Great little museum. Lots to see including a house decorated with 1600 shells in the lounge room. Very moving WW1 exhibit and the walk though 1900s Christchurch street and shops

Thank pjr59
Reviewed 2 days ago

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

Thank Jennifer P
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The museum is very well organised and interesting. It is great and didactic both for adults and children. The temporary exhibitions we saw were beautiful!

Thank shiraneh
Reviewed 6 days ago

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

Thank andreajnz
Reviewed 6 days ago

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

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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