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Southland Museum and Art Gallery

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Address: 108 Gala St, Invercargill, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3 219 9069
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Brilliant & Free

Visited here on a recent stay in Invercargill. Thoroughly enjoyed the exhibits, even the weird, wacky ones!! Would be a great place to visit on a wet & cold day.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
Robert J
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Visited here on a recent stay in Invercargill. Thoroughly enjoyed the exhibits, even the weird, wacky ones!! Would be a great place to visit on a wet & cold day.

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Ingleton, United Kingdom
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18 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This museum is well located in the park. A really good outlook on Maori, settlers and wildlife. Free and well worth a visit.

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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

We first popped in to fill in time on a rainy day - now it's a must-see when we have out-of-town visitors. The Tuatarium is a real highlight of the museum and it's easy to while away quite a bit of time trying to spot and count tuataras as well as learning more about them. The other exhibits are very... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

A delightful way to spend a damp Saturday in Invercargill. Film shows especially appreciated. So informative

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Beaumont, Australia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

What a delightful introduction to Invercargill. We had fun trying to find the well camouflaged tuatara. I think kids would really enjoy this. The museum was interesting covering, First World War, Maori traditional crafts and implements - including canoes. There is also aa art exhibition which was very good. The cafe gets a huge tick from us. The food and... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Well worth a visit. We went to see the Worlds Fastest Indian display. But when we visited there was so many more things to see. if you have a spare couple of hours it is worth a visit. It is also free to visit, so great if you have a few people visiting with you.

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Lincolnshire
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34 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

This is a well laid out museum with a logical path to follow through the exhibits. Lots of variation and very relevant to that part of NZ. We enjoyed it very much and would recommend. I forgot to mention, its free, a bonus, but well worth a donation.

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

It was not like a museum as such because it didn't feel big . The displays were fascinating and we were halfway through before we realised it was a museum. It was free which was good but didn't mind giving a donation.

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Invercargill, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Great collections and friendly staff. This unique Pyramid shaped space started as a regular building, but was expanded into it's current form, also known as "The Whales Tooth" in 1990.

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colchester
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38 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

There is a variety of things in the museum from the reptiles, through the history to the sub-antarctic islands and it is all fascinating. Refresh yourself at the nice cafe then do the botanic gardens that surround the museum. All within an easy walk from the town.

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