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Quake City

299 Durham Street North | Corner Armagh Street, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
+64 3-365 8375
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Not your average museum - give it a go!

Quake City is a sobering and well-presented explanation of the earthquake phenomena New Zealanders... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Aussie_Cygnet
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Sydney, Australia
Well worth a visit

The earthquake and its impact are told through the voices of survivors and the families of those... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Cathy V
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Ryde
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Quake City tells stories of heroism, hope and loss from the Canterbury earthquakes. This special exhibition from Canterbury Museum explains the science and the phenomenon of liquefaction – when the shaking liquefied the ground and it bubbled up burying street and sinking buildings. Quake City charts the aftermaths of the September 2010 and 22 February 2011 earthquakes and the extraordinary response of the emergency services, international rescue teams, the thousands of volunteers who pitched in to help – construction workers, the Student Volunteer Army, the Farmy Army – and the incredible resilience of Canterbury’s communities. Exhibition includes some of the objects which have defined the Canterbury earthquakes including the spire of ChristChurch Cathedral and the railway station clocks which stopped at 12.51 pm on 22 February 2011. The rebuild section of the exhibition brings the visitor up to date with progress in regenerating the city and the recovery projects underway.
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299 Durham Street North | Corner Armagh Street, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Quake City is a sobering and well-presented explanation of the earthquake phenomena New Zealanders live with, and the effect of earthquakes on Christchurch in particular. The video presentation of individuals' experiences is particularly good.

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The earthquake and its impact are told through the voices of survivors and the families of those who sadly lost their lives. I wasn’t aware until I visited here of all the other impacts that earthquakes have, sewerage systems, water etc. very moving accounts of...More

Thank Cathy V
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a very well thought out and presented exhibit about not only the 2011 quake but the history before it and after. Some very moving video clips about the day of the big quake. Great explanations about why it was the worst natural disaster...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It’s a mini museum displaying earthquake-related information. It’s in the city centre and cost NZD20 to enter. If you take the city tram, it is at of the stops.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Admission was $20 for an adult which raised expectations, sadly these were not met. The exhibits could be viewed in less than an hour. The only redeeming feature was the very moving one hour film of personal recollections.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The most interesting part was the interviews with those affected by the earthquake. A bit boring with pictures and artifacts. Would be good to have a simulation of an earth quake.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The museum was rather small but was packed with interesting information about previous earthquakes in New Zealand. The museum also had a small cinema screening of individuals recalling their counts of the 2011 earthquake which was gripping and harrowing. Highly recommend a visit and you...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This venue offers a relatively shallow overview of the earthquake and its effects. So much so that I was left with the impression that it had been thrown together to make a quick buck. There is little to recommend except for the hour long video...More

Thank litigate
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A very informative and interesting exhibition of the Christchurch earthquakes. The videos were very emotional and really gave us the sense of the days after the quakes. The news reports of those days pictured it all very well. Well setup and important to have in...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While on the Historic Tram, we stopped off at Quake City - just curious to see what they had done... it was brilliantly presented, and very moving in some sections. A credit to all involved.

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Mauiott
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Response from Maam3 | Reviewed this property |
There's parking, but it might be a short walk. We didn't' have a car, so it wasn't a concern for us.
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eggybee
3 February 2016|
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Response from kiwi051 | Reviewed this property |
We are coming up to 5 years since the Feb quakes and what a shame you missed going in, especially for $20 (around 9 GBP). This is the closest I hope anyone else would ever get to experience the life changing and... More
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Glynis98
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I don't understand the question I'm afraid!
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