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Canterbury Museum

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Address: Rolleston Ave, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-366 5000
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Description: Travel back in time through numerous exhibits of the Canterbury regions...
Travel back in time through numerous exhibits of the Canterbury regions cultural and natural history.
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An Old Favourite

As a child I went there, have taken my kids there and now its the grand kids turn. Although somethings never change the Museum does have different exhibits and displays so it... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2015
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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52 reviews 52 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

As a child I went there, have taken my kids there and now its the grand kids turn. Although somethings never change the Museum does have different exhibits and displays so it keeps you going back and is always a great fallback if there is nothing to do and the kids are restless. Even though I have been many times... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

Such a cool museum. So much to look at. The displays were set out easily to follow with very important and interesting information. Highly recommend

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Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

This prestigious little brick museum has 2 1/2 stories that visitors can access, but they have a little bit of every thing and we spent a bit over an hour there. I like the bird display, they look so real. On the day we were there, the exhibition hall was hanging lots of T shirts in colour groups for show... More 

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Egg Harbor City, New Jersey
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88 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

I don't remember what the special exhibit was back in 2011 but this time around it was called "T-shirt unfolding" and was made up of 100 different various tshirts hanging from the ceiling -all different colors with each one different. Located in "costume section" of the museum-the exhibit explained how and when the t-shirt came to be and when each... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Several floors and different exhibitions : history and sciences, you have everything. Amazing temporary exhibition about T-shirts. If you want to see the Paua House come in this museum. We were just disappointed about the Canterbury’s history (colorfull and designed but not so interesting).

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Greater Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

The Museum is well set out, there is a lot to see. I like where the old time streets and stores are set up, that was my favourite part.

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Invercargill, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

We had run out of other things to do so thought we would have a look at the museum. We were very surprised with how well presented the displays were. Lots of great life size dioramas depicting scenes from NZ history. And of course the Paua House is a must see.

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Devon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

Take a half day to explore this fine museum and maybe combine with a visit to the adjacent Gardens. We loved the layout of small shops, the exhibition of travel posters in stunning, the Antarctic display is absolutely brilliant, and the Paua Shell House replica completely unexpectedly good. And... there is a really good cafe!

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Situated next to the botanic gardens, the museum is a great way to spend a few hours walking round. With free entry to the museum, it offers you a rich history of NZ. I spent a fair amount of time looking at the Arctic section and there is a wide range of exhibitions to wander round. They even have a... More 

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Moray, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

This was a great muesum with loads to look at and enthusiastic and friendly staff. Really interesting with many different sections to look through. The market section was one of my highlights and my friends and I enjoyed looking around so much that i didn't realise the time and left before I had a chance to look around everything. Its... More 

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