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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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Interesting and informative

My wife and spent a couple of hours in the museum and found it both interesting and informative. Well worth visiting. Small donation requested on entering.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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Wokingham, United Kingdom
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Wokingham, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

My wife and spent a couple of hours in the museum and found it both interesting and informative. Well worth visiting. Small donation requested on entering.

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Lee-on-the-Solent, United Kingdom
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49 attraction reviews
126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

I found this a delightful museum in which to spend an afternoon wandering round numerous galleries housing displays of many artefacts and exhibitions. As a bonus there is a very nice café in the museum and the building is set in a delightful garden. My only criticism - and it is one that applies to many museums - is that... More 

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adelaide
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

this is a small museum set in the botanic gardens. We walked around it and enjoyed the variety it offers - the antarctic centre was fascinating as were the rocks on show. there were many kids there and all seemed to be having fun. The info staff were helpful - entry is free. recommended. It wont take you long to... More 

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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103 attraction reviews
194 helpful votes 194 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 via mobile

It's difficult to review this museum as we had recently been to the Auckland and Te Papa museums, so had already seen quite a lot of stuff on the Maori and early settler history of the country. But this museum is very well laid out on two floors. The Antarctic expeditions displays were excellent as were the displays of furniture,... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Canterbury museum has a little of everything. Old style recreations of Canterbury streets complete with sound effects, the old Paua House form Southland, visiting exhibitions and a great hands on discovery centre for children of all ages. My kids and I love visiting this museum

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Wyncote, Pennsylvania
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17 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

This museum is one of the best in the country. The variety of presentations is great. The exhibits are beautifully put together and the explanations are very scholarly. I enjoyed every aspect of this wonderful experience. It is also free. They request a donation. It is also terrific for children.

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Mojave California
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30 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Very nice museum featuring local items dating back to the Maori as well as the European colonilization of the area. Lots to see. Currently there is an exhibit on the 100th anniversary of the T Shirt that is very amusing. Also exhibits on the exploration of Antarctica, collections of items from various times of history. Museum enry on a donation... More 

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Oxford, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

lots of different things you don't get bored great for kids. a cave is near the start. sometimes there is lots of awesome stuff for girls and boys. I recommend you to go there.

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Brisbane, Australia
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89 reviews 89 reviews
44 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

It looks like a small building, but it is perfectly furnished with interesting history, diorama's, interactive areas for kids, Antarctic area which i loved, and interesting displays that i would not have thought of. And in a lovely building to book. Nicely done.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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7 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

My children always enjoy coming to the museum - they always seem to pick up some interesting fact every time they go. I have joined them up to the Discovery Club for a small fee (normally entrance is $2 per child) - this gets them in free and has the added bonus that they can have their birthday party held... More 

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