This was an activity we were looking forward to after earlier visits to the old museum were remembered as enjoyable. The building looks quite impressive from the outside and has a welcoming entrance way but that is about all that we found to be positive about this activity.
The first shock was the cost-$15 per adult. Fortunately by visiting today we were told we could get in for half price. Compared to our "entry by donation" museum at home in another provincial NZ city (apart from special visiting exhibits) we wondered how fantastic this was going to be....and we were seriously underwhelmed by the exhibits including the famed earthquake exhibit which was very average. The layout was not easy to follow even when given a map. The former boutique cinema here appears to have been taken over and will only be showing film festival movies from now on.
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