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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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More than you expect!!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
Robw1407
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Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

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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30 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
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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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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11 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Well laid out and in the park for a walk afterwards. Good history of early settlement and industry as well as culture. Cafe good value for afterwards. Lizard display interesting.

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Boonah, Australia
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62 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

A very quiet museum set by the Invercargill Botanic Gardens. Some good exhibits and paintings done by NZ artists. Find the reptilian enclave towards the rear.One attraction here is Henry the tuatara and his girlfriend and some offspring. Henry is a living fossil over 100 years old and this reptile in extinct in the wild on NZ's South and North... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

A good little café to sit and mull your Museum and Art Gallery visit - good food and service. Other 'diners' from many countries - enjoyed "people-watching" which is part of a holidaying experience

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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39 reviews 39 reviews
14 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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208 helpful votes 208 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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