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Southland Museum and Art Gallery

108 Gala St, Invercargill, New Zealand
+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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Levin, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

Henry is pretty big and probably the closest and easiest I have seen a tuatara. There is also plenty of art and artifacts about the history of the area. Plus a well stocked visitors centre and shop.

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Kincumber, Australia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We visited and loved the tuatara display and information. There was a good video and we enjoyed trying to find them. Good museum, nice staff and I picked up a few things in the shop.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

This was a great place to look around, have a coffee, see the gardens and see some relatives afterwards.

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Hastings, New Zealand
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72 reviews 72 reviews
34 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

There was an easter egg hunt on when we were there which kept the 6 year old going for ages and ensured that we visited all the exhibits. This has live tuataras (which can also be viewed from the outside any time) Bert Munro's "Fastest Indian" motorbike and all the usual historical displays. It was very well done and ahd... More

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Biggar, United Kingdom
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147 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Our visit coincided with an exhibition relating to the Romans however with little information about its content we decided not to bother paying the entrance fee of NZ$10 each. The remainder of the building has free entry. A large area in the reception/entrance is taken up by a cafe and a gift shop and some of the items in the... More

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PriscillaGear, Administration Officer at Southland Museum and Art Gallery, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. We are currently working on an exhibition guide to use while in the Museum. More

Dunedin, New Zealand
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

The museum has very good exhibits from the Mainland of NZ and its Deep South and the art gallery is also well worth a look whether you are a Kiwi or visitor from overseas (in my opinion). Thanks Southland for your hospitality.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

It's apparently a great museum especially for visiting tutaroa ( the nz lizard) but could not be seen easily. The museum is open 10-5 but you can still reach the view point for tutaroa after or before hours from the backyard, if he is happy to show up!

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PriscillaGear, Front Office Manager at Southland Museum and Art Gallery, responded to this review
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Our Museum opens at 8.30 am More

Invercargill, NZ
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

We spent hours exploring the Southland Museum & Art Gallery and could easily have stayed longer. Every exhibit was interesting and well-presented. No gimmicks, no flash. Just great material. The Southland's display of Maori tools and objects is infinitely better than the display at Te Papa in Wellington. Our only disappointment was that we didn't get to see the tuatara... More

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Invercargill, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

many good things to see including 150 year old Tuatara reptiles. Has information centre so and view and book many other event in Southland and Other part of New Zealand

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Sydney, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

interesting display re Bert Munro the worlds fastest Indian. Henry the Tuatara the world's oldest and slowest reptile and his harem.

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