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Canterbury Museum

Rolleston Ave, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
64 3 366 5000
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Ranked #6 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

An fairly average museum. A lot of the exhibits are aimed towards children so this may have been a better review if I was with children. The mannequins in the fake shops are a bit strange, but overall worth a visit if you are in ChCh for long enough. Christchurch museum - Three Stars.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

The museum has some great exhibits. We have visited twice in the last couple of months and our 3 year old loved the body exhibit which has just finished I believe. A staple of our regular visits is the Discovery area which has some really awesome interactive displays for kids. However our regular visits do mean we are starting to... More

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Yogyakarta, Indonesia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

The Canterbury museum is interesting. It has lots of collection and artifacts. It is example of multiple narratives about history of Aotearoa. But it also has space for art exhibition, so it is kind of mixed feeling between old and new and there is also coffee shop on the top floor. There is no entrance fee but donation is accepted.

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Thought we'd pop in, to kill a bit of time before taking the double decker bus tour. Our family really enjoyed it - two floors of interesting exhibits with a café at the top that has a wonderful view of the botanic gardens. Being school holidays, there was an interactive carnival exhibit set up about human bodies, 12 year old... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Some awesome displays in the museum. The body exhibition is great fun for the kids. There is an old Canterbury town area inside which is really cool as well as photo exhibitions and old vintage clothing worn in the olden days. There is also a Scott Base Antarctica exhibition too. Nice exhibitions and friendly staff in a beautiful historic building.... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

heaps of things to look at, they change their theme often, located right by the christchurch botanical gardens, this makes a great day out with the family or friends always something new and interesting on display

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Christchurch
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

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

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

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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