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Southland Museum and Art Gallery

Address: 108 Gala St, Invercargill, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3 219 9069
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Ranked #4 of 24 Attractions in Invercargill
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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Type: Museums
Hours:
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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39 reviews 39 reviews
14 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

When we first visit Invercargill, this town feels really flat. The whole city didn't give us much, but the Southland Museum and Art Gallery. All the books and maps tells that Invervargill is famous with their buildings, and their art collection. So... it seem to be the thing must do here? And yes, we were glad to had visit it.... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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56 attraction reviews
194 helpful votes 194 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

We had time to kill before our flicht back to Auckland and decided to go to the museum. What a surprise!! And while we were walking through the exhibition there was an announcement about the Tuatara. We had never heard of that and were curious. Well, Tuatara are almost extinct. They only survived in NZ and here they have a... More 

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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65 reviews 65 reviews
19 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

This had more to offer than just Invercargill's (arguably) most famous resident. Well set out, friendly staff and worth an hour or three.

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Clinton, Washington
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164 attraction reviews
175 helpful votes 175 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Natural history exhibits in this museum are better than excellent. The display of stuffed penguins really was outstanding. And their area on Antarctic expeditions--also fine. We really spent lots of time admiring grandfather "Henry," their live tuatara who is still living, tho' he was born in the late 1800s. And they had a very fine display of Maori artifacts--clubs, adzes,... More 

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Invercargill
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29 reviews 29 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

The tuatara are amazing... so, first you have to spot them when they're hiding and blending into their habitat. A tribute to the curator. The other exhibits are great too...rooms set up like in the olden days are well preserved. The art exhibitions are fantastic. One of the best features is the gift shop which has beautiful Kiwiana jewellery for... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We loved the sub Antarctic display and the art gallery. The story of the fastest Indian was wonderful - and seeing Tuatara (as well as other animals in nearby Queens Park was great. We easily spent a day there

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

This versatile museum is home to a pre-eminent breeding program of the unique New Zealand native, the tuatara. This pre-dinosaur reptile is fascinating and the watching the babies playing is like a miniature Jurassic Park. With over 50 tuatara ranging from babies to the star, Henry, who is thought to be over 110 years old. The art and exhibits are... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
17 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

We really enjoyed have a look all around at the great displays and they had the worlds fasted indian motorbike as a display It was great to be able to take photos and see all the photos. Very good displays especially from the old days.

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Alvaneu, Switzerland
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Very interesting Museum with several divisions. The exhibition about the Subantarctic Islands give a good insight. Very special are the Tuatara and old reptile that survived only in this part of the world.

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Devon
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014 via mobile

I have been to the museum many times and have never been disappointed with its many varied and constantly changing displays. The cafe is great I think we used this 3 times on this visit and a must see is the Tuatara's I think it's the only place you can see a breeding group of them and the 102 year... More 

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