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Canterbury Museum

Rolleston Ave, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
64 3 366 5000
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$20*
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Punting on the Avon River with Optional...
93%
Ranked #9 of 106 Attractions in Christchurch
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Museums
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Owner description: Travel back in time through numerous exhibits of the Canterbury regions cultural and natural history.
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Breckenridge, Colorado
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48 reviews 48 reviews
16 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW via mobile

wish we had planned way more time. This is one of the best museums we have ever seen. We lucked out and were there in time for the guided tour. Highly recommend joining that group. If you are in CHCH for more than a couple of days you may want to go several times. It's free!

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Sydney, Australia
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42 reviews 42 reviews
21 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

IF you want to learn about Maori culture and the history of New Zealand then this museum does it. Well laid out and informative. It is laid out in a timeline starting with the Moa hunters of a bygone era. The mock up of the Christchurch street is popular as is the Penny Farthing bicycle. Plenty to learn see and... More

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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51 reviews 51 reviews
30 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

Great museum that is free entry. Huge range of exhibitions and lots of things that look like they would be great if you were visiting with children as they were really interactive. (Lots I would've liked to have a go with!) I thought the exhibition about the earthquake was particularly great - amazing photographs

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

This free museum covers an eclectic range of subjects, but excludes the earthquake, which is covered in the 'quake' exhibition which is expensive and not straightforward to find, though advertised through this museum. Being next to the gardens is a bonus, we found the 'shopping precinct' attractive. and the staff helpful.

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Hobart, Australia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
16 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

This museum is free and well worth a look. It has a great coffee shop attached and free WiFi. The museum is next to the tourist information centre so allow extra time for a visit. I was not expecting such a great little find in Christchurch

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Sydney
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65 reviews 65 reviews
12 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

You won't believe the size of the giant penguin on the display! Other good things are the mummy (in NZ!) and the Antarctic displays

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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Great variety of exhibits. Brings back nice childhood memories. The one memorable part which is missing is the whale skeleton. Hence I only gave it four stars instead of five.

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Havertown, Pennsylvania
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85 reviews 85 reviews
40 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Visited here in Sept 2014. Was amazed at how many different categories were covered here. No entrance fee, but they do accept donations. Great area to learn about Maori culture. Right next to the Gardens. Make this a must see with the family.

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Perth, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Excellent museum well worth the visit and they only ask for a donation to get it! I really like the birds section, felt like I learnt a lot! Fantastic

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Atlanta, Georgia
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206 reviews 206 reviews
20 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014 via mobile

We had about 4 hours to tour on our own. We began at museum and are glad we did. Not cost for admission; donations welcome. We only spent a few minutes but are glad we spend. Interesting and well done. Staff very friendly and helpful. Don't need to spend more than 10 minutes if you are rushed but should at... More

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