The museum is relatively small, but packed full of must-see things for anyone visiting, moving to, or living in Christchurch - particularly if you arrived after the quakes. The experience begins with a visual display which shows the Maori traditional beliefs about earthquakes. After the short display finishes, you move through the museum which has artifacts from the damage (pieces of buildings, particularly churches, that were destroyed, car doors, chimneys, and much more) as well as videos - CCTV footage of the moment the quakes hit in Feb 2011, as well as a locally made film of Canterbury locals talking about their experiences on that day. Very intimate, very sobering - certainly worth watching the whole way through if you want to be able to begin to appreciate the impact this has had on people in Christchurch. Towards the end of the museum there is a section dedicated to many post-quake initiatives, which show Christchurch moving forward and regenerating. There are a number of innovative and exciting ideas that are worth their space in the museum, which allows you to leave feeling humbled by the experience while also optimistic for the future.
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