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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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childhood memories

As a child we went to the museum often and have fond memories especially of the street exhibit. I left Christchurch many years ago but we brought our own children to visit the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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Oamaru, New Zealand

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Oamaru, New Zealand
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24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

As a child we went to the museum often and have fond memories especially of the street exhibit. I left Christchurch many years ago but we brought our own children to visit the museum when visiting relatives. It was a wet Sunday when we decided to visit recently(minus children) and we enjoyed our look around. It is a great asset... More 

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Fort Worth
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

This is a good little museum and easy to overlook. The third floor is especially interesting with the attention paid to Antarctic exploration. Take time to sit through the movie about crossing the continent in the 1950's.

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Palm City, Florida
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Very clean and nice museum. The aircraft displays are beautifully restored and displayed. Great historical information and displays prior to entering the main hangar. I took the behind the scenes tour ($10). It was fantastic, you move over to two other hangars that you can only get to on this tour and they have twice as many planes in all... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

The only section that intrigued me in the museum was the special exhibition "Whole House Reuse". It was a special project that featured how all the materials from a house struck by earthquake could be reused again for practical furnitures.

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Marlborough Region, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

awesome collections, inspiring arts and informative Christchurch culture. so much to see! I had so much fun watching kids having a go at stick puppets while listening to upbeat Chinese music

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Invercargill, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Lovely Victorian architecture and design. A big and interesting museum I could have spent longer at had time allowed. Interesting exhibits and materials from the southern part of the planet and particularly Canterbury / NZ covering physical and social historical phenomena.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

a nice place for a 2 hours visit. amazing objects from the old Maori villages. nice visit to city reconstructed from the 1800

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Port Campbell, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

A fairly large museum with a variety of collections on display. A little confusing at times with not much continuity between the collections.

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

I love this museum so much! First found it visiting Christchurch from Sydney with my Christchurch born husband and our two children. We visited again and when we lived there for a while we went regularly. I have been back to Christchurch twice in the last three years after leaving and my girls are teenagers now and still love this... More 

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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015 via mobile

We didn't have much time but thought we would give it a go. We were hooked! Lots to see and learn, give yourself at least 3 hours. We went back the following morning to take more time to really enjoy it. It's free and we'll worth a visit. Angela and John

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