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Canterbury Museum

Address: Rolleston Ave, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
Phone Number: 64 3 366 5000
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Ranked #8 of 125 Attractions in Christchurch
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Museums
Owner description: Travel back in time through numerous exhibits of the Canterbury...
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Type: History Museums, Museums
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Owner description: Travel back in time through numerous exhibits of the Canterbury regions cultural and natural history.
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Auckland, New Zealand
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

You have to see the house with the paua shells and experience an earthquake. On top of all this it is free!! There's something for the whole family to enjoy! Helpful staff and it was entry by donation- so free if you are on a tight budget!

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Melbourne
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Our family didn't actually explore the museum, but I did see some very interesting exhibits when I passed through the giftshop and passed a number of exhibits on my way upstairs to use the loos. The museum itself is a beautiful old stone building, bordering the beautiful Botanic Gardens, and the departure place for many local tours. Walking to the... More 

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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Not the boring old museum but with great visual affects which makes it very interesting. You have to see the house with the paua shells and experience an earthquake. On top of all this it is free!! Where do you get that these days. NZ is so generous. A holiday in NZ is only worthwhile when you get to know... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

A free museum, with so much to see, from historic to Antarctic, posters of past marketing, costumes, street scenes. There is something in here for everyone. A must during a visit to Christchurch

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Melbourne, Australia
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12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

So much to see at this fabulous museum. Helpful staff and it was entry by donation- so free if you are on a tight budget! Something for everyone with Maori history as well as stuff for the kids to see!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

After an invigorating walk following 12 hours of travel, this was my first stop. A museum of this caliber give the visitor visuals to go with the history and then the rest of the holiday is richer for it. Both islands had deeper meaning and appreciation to me when paired with history.

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Chicago, Illinois
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8 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

It was neat getting to learn more about the Maori culture and even extremes such as the Antarctic! The museum is much bigger inside than it appears from outside looking in! Levels and levels of fun! It was neat seeing the inside of the house with all of the shells and it looks like there is going to be a... More 

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Maraekakaho, null, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Our family of five thoroughly enjoyed our walk around the museum. Loads to look at and learn, followed by the welcome, much-needed lunch stop at the café, which was well-stocked with a variety of choices. All very clean and the staff friendly and helpful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

I was quite surprised by the museum. I first went just before 4pm, The museum shuts at 5:30, It definitely was not enough time. I had to go back again and spend a few more hours. It is laid out very well. The Antartica exhibition was fantastic. It was all fantastic. entrance is by donation, so it is a great... More 

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Bend, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

The museum is located right next to the Visitors Centre and Botanic Gardens. We thought we would spend an hour or so there, but spent most of an afternoon! There is a great variety of exhibits, all very interesting and time flies when you are trying to see everything. When you need a bit of refreshment, the museum cafe is... More 

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