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Canterbury Museum

Rolleston Ave, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
64 3 366 5000
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Ranked #8 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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Christchurch
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

Stunning collections including thegreat gift shop which offers lots of unusual, and unique gifts and souvenirs. The cafe shop setting and access allow for excellent views of the Botanic Gardens. The most fascinating pieces for us were the Asian Gallery, with its beautiful mosaics; the Early Christchurch streets with itsshops replicas and the Maori galleria including Iwi Tawhito where you... More

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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

Interesting and informative displays, some really good interactive zones, and a "mummy" all combined to keep my kids entertained on a cold and rainy day. Well done to the staff on-site.

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Siefershein
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 NEW

Free with a lof of cool exhibitions! Also free wifi! Highly recommend for backpackers even on sunny days!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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DUBBO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 NEW

Been here several times. Very moving display of the Quake heroes. Great for young and old. The staff are very friendly and the display of Polynesian history is worth a look.

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 NEW

We nearly missed going here, we were so tired after a day of exploring Christchurch, but decided to pay it a visit. We are so glad we did. There was lots to see to interest the whole family. Completely made up for the fact that we had taken our son out of school for a week to go to the... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Great for kids, adults amnd grandparents! on the tramline, beside the wonderful Hagley Park with 3hrs free parking, and a great insight into the regions history. Add to that the cafe and the frequently changing exhibitions. A treat for all the family!

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Wandered around this museum for an afternoon. Good Variety of exhibitions, natural history, social history, geology and more recent exhibits such as photos from those who were working on recovery and rescue right after the earthquakes. The Paua House display and film was great and the way the big dolls house in the toy shop in the old street had... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

the Canterbury Museum is a great place to visit for young and old. These is so much to do and see and the kids will be kept busy for hours. Look out the "Night at the Museum" evening held in winter at the museum. this is when the kids (young and old) go through the museum with their flashlights and... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Lots of interesting stuff from early history to the behind the cordon photo display of the earthquake. Some very powerful photos here! Easy to spend two hours here. Large kids interactive area. we don't have any but the kids there seemed to enjoy it. Male staff member ( didnt get his name ) greeted us as we came in. Gave... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Really well laid out with good exhibits for children. Fascinating if poignant photos of the earthquake from the emergency services archives.

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