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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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One of the best museums

Live Tuatara displays, so much to see in the Muesum, including Maori history, Antartica exploration, sub Antartica islands and so much more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Live Tuatara displays, so much to see in the Muesum, including Maori history, Antartica exploration, sub Antartica islands and so much more

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Thank rosemarykiwi
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One wouldn't think they would find 500 million years old stones and artifacts. They are all there. Also next to the museum there is he Tuatarium, where you can meet the celebrities tuatara. Henry and Mildred. Both are about 120 years old and have had lovely babies in the past couple of years. Food and staff are lovely too. Entry... More 

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Thank Mafromchch
Invercargill, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice museum and cafe with a highlight being the resident Tuatara. Wonderful place to take kids of all ages.

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Thank nailes2014
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A small but tidy museum, great to see the tuatara's. Although it did lack a lot of interest for 5 year old kids. An interactive area would be great

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Thank 975philt
SouthlandMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Southland Museum and Art Gallery, responded to this review

Thanks for the feedback - we are working on upgrading our Tuatarium, and are looking at more interactive elements we can bring in for kids, so great to hear your comments! Cheers, Hayley More 

Invercargill, New Zealand
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23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The highlight of visiting the museum foe me is always the Tuatara. It is amazing to have such a special special so accessible and I would say that it is a must visit for anyone visiting Invercargill.

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Thank Lee B
SouthlandMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Southland Museum and Art Gallery, responded to this review

Thanks Lee B for your lovely review! We think Henry and his friends are very special, and we are thrilled when our visitors do too! Cheers, Hayley More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016 via mobile

I've loved visiting this museum since a child. Tuatara, the amazing yet also creepy victorian exhibit and the wild south (cant remember the name of it) exhibit are all worth an afternoons peruse. You can return again and again and find new things to look at.

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Thank 99kat
SouthlandMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Southland Museum and Art Gallery, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review - there are always new things to discover in our long term exhibits! We are delighted you enjoy coming to visit us regulary :) Cheers, Hayley More 

Dunedin, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

This museum was a lovely way to discover more of Southland's most interesting history. The layout and visual impact meant it was suitable for all ages. A great effort has been made here by locals and other supporters. Congratulations!

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Thank bakers52016
SouthlandMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Southland Museum and Art Gallery, responded to this review

Thank you very much for such a lovely review! We are thrilled you enjoyed your time here :) More 

Dunedin, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016 via mobile

Next to a beautiful park, the museum is small but interesting and worth an hour to wander around the classic collections and the natural history area.

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Thank NZLawProf
Invercargill
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20 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016

The Southland Museum is a great place not only for rainy days. Very informative display of maori cultural items as well as world famous "Henry" the Tuatara, who must be Invercargill oldest inhabitant as well. Shop and Cafe are also a good option for extending the stay, as well as a stroll through Queen's park.

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Thank Onlineli
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67 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016 via mobile

We've visited the museum many times when we visit Invercargill, usually to see the tuataras, but this time I was most impressed by the artistic display from the Kiribati islands. There was a fun interactive video piece for the kids, along with striking photography and some stunning shell based decorative pieces. We also loved the WW1 display with its video... More 

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Thank Stormie C
SouthlandMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Southland Museum and Art Gallery, responded to this review

Hi Stormie C, thank you for your lovely review! We really enjoyed hosting Tungaru: the Kiribati project here - especially seeing everyone, young and old, playing with the interactive and dancing in the gallery! We look forward to seeing you next time :) Cheers, Hayley More 

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