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Canterbury Museum

Rolleston Ave, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
64 3 366 5000
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Ranked #7 of 129 Attractions in Christchurch
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
Description: Travel back in time through numerous exhibits of the Canterbury regions cultural and natural history.
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Went here at the weekend and unfortunately was a little disappointed. There was lots of different types of exhibits but many of these were very small, for example a small walk through bit for the Egyptians and the dinosaur exhibit only consisted of 2 skeletons. I also felt that at times the information was lacking, there were a lot of... More

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Terrigal, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Entry is by donation, which is very good as everything in Christchurch is way over priced! A lot of interesting exhibits, in particular the Antarctic and original peoples! The layout is a bit confusing and you end up going through some of the exhibits more than once as you try to navigate your way through. Beautiful old building! Recommended!

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed our visit here. As previous posters have said the layout is unusual , it was a bit of a maze , so use a map as you can easily miss exhibits.

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Qld, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Entry is by donation only which is great, though I was surprised by how many people went in ahead of me without making any donation at all. The museum itself is fantastic, so much to see, I stayed far longer than I expected. I did however find the layout annoying & hard to navigate, I think it would be easy... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Originally I only came in to use their facilities but after a small glimpse I had to go back and investigate fully. What an interesting museum. The displays are something like out of the movie "Night at the Museum"! It's not a huge museum but it was still interesting and historical and the school children who were there at the... More

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Alstonville, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

My two year old was in heaven looking at all the dinosaurs even before we got to the kids section. You had to pay a fee of $2 I think for entry, but it was worth it. Perfectly designed for children up to around the age of 7 I'd say. There was a room for older children downstairs which looked... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Loved this place - been going here as long as I can remember. They have a great Maori culture display with with tools, wakas, whaling pots etc. I also love the old school Christchurch street. great interactive kids zone - it does cost though. favourites : The paua shell house, the mummy, and the clothes through the ages.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Similar to the awesome Auckland Museum, this place packs a lot of punch into their displays. We missed stepping inside the new Antarctic display by only a few days but it is clearly going to be pretty cool. Interactive displays plus collections make a nice mix to appeal to the broader spectrum.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

They had a wide range of different things to do here, it would be excellent for young children. A 1900s style Christchurch street, the Paua house, Maori artefacts and the Beyond the Cordon exhibition provide lots of different things to look at for all interests.

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Free to enter. A lot of displays throughout the 4 floors all very informative. Cafe on the 4th floor providing good quality snacks and drinks.

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