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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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A place to spend a day

Free entry this marvellous attraction, with lots to see and do, food available if you want it. Of particular interest to speedway fans will be six times world champion Ivan Mauger... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Free entry this marvellous attraction, with lots to see and do, food available if you want it. Of particular interest to speedway fans will be six times world champion Ivan Mauger MBE OBE, gold plated Jawa speedway bike, his race jackets and the world championship trophy !

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

This is not a huge museum, but it has a large variety of exhibits. I'm sure the children won't find this trip boring. I especially like the Paua Shell House and the evolution of T-shirts display.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

The museum was a highlight of my stay in Christchurch. Entrance to the museum was by donation only. There is a very pleasant lounge and coffee shop on the second floor as well as toilets. All the exhibits were well done and often accompanied by films of interest. I really enjoyed the display of tourism posters and the film regarding... More 

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Chorley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

The section on the development of a Christchurch and the area is really good. Fred and Myrtle's Paua house is amazing. We liked the Antarctic display too. There were lots of happy children visiting, it is very family friendly.

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Kiev, Ukraine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

This is a place which shows you the history of the area in a very easy way. We liked it very much to walk around to read and see the exhibits. It's not one of this typical museums, it's great fun!

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Yeah have to admit now I liked this, but I'm into learning of how life was like years ago and in general knowledge of how our planet works. So on the plus side the displays are excellent, shell house is a definite must see just to find the little intricate carvings hidden on the shelves, if you have kids then... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

A beautifully displayed history , I especially loved the Early Settlers section . Full of beautiful Victorian furniture,china,clothes etc & some little replica streets of old shops , just gorgeous.Also plenty of helpful staff at hand & a great gift shop . Could`ve spent a lot more time here .

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

This museum at the edge of the Botanic Gardens was great for our Sunday afternoon in Christchurch. The exhibits link room to room and change topic around corner. From natural history to Maori culture to quirky Kiwis to early settlers to art, there is something to interest everyone.

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Really liked this idea, some very funny ones. An unusual exhibit . Lots of other things to see, the paua house was good, all those shells are beautiful colours. Lots of Maori items, Chinese items and a section on Antarctic Discovery. We spent a couple of hours looking round and enjoyed all we saw.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

It is a nice museum, free of charge, informative. But having been to Te Papa in Wellington the Canterbury Museum is just only half as interesting. But it is nice to learn about life of the early British settlers in Canterbury.

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