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Southland Museum and Art Gallery

108 Gala St, Invercargill, New Zealand
+64 3 219 9069
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Ranked #3 of 21 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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Alvaneu, Switzerland
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

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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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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Dunnet, United Kingdom
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16 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

spent a hor os so going arond thi smalish museum just off min stree in town - interesting displays about the sub Arctic Islands of NZ and Burt Munro (motor byles) and worth a hour of everyones time

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Riverton NZ
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11 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

This Museum is in a large regional town on the south island - very south. The permanent displays, exhibitions of all kinds e.g. photography, art work of all descriptions. The local art scene is very strong in Invercargill, given the beauty of the area it is not surprising. Then there are the tuatara's Interesting for all ages, children are fascinated... More 

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Devon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014 via mobile

It is incredible this place is free to enter, long may it continue. Excellent museum and the icing on the cake is the tuatarium. These are incredible creatures who look very happy in this environment.

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Peachland, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

A very worthwhile stop to make. It was surprising how large and diverse the museum is. There are many displays and a number of staff available to point you in the right direction.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

We went to see the Tuatara but found so much more to capture our interest. Lots on display that was informative and educational and all they ask is a donation in return for showing us so much that is relevant to New Zealands' history. The whole establishment is well set out, very clean and easy to manouver. We enjoyed a... More 

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Nelson, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

I'm not a museum type of girl but I really enjoyed taking my girls through this one. We found it really interesting and always wondered what was around the next corner. The Tuatara and their babies were lovely to see. They have done well displaying everything. It is by donation which they very much deserve. There is also a restroom... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

We only had a short stop here before we had to catch our flight to Stewart Island. But in the short stop we were quite impressed with the tuatarium and the collection, especially the birds and antartic collection. The museum is worth a visit if you are in Invercargill!

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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Live Tuatara were the highlight but overall an hour well spent Easily accessed with a nice little coffee shop..

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