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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
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Excellent musuem

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Lee B
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Invercargill, New Zealand
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5 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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
Invercargill, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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
Dunedin, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
Dunedin, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 

Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The Tuararium is excellent and quite unique to Southland. Some of the other displays and features are excellent, others are somewhat dated. Lack of space and an urgent need for a new building restricts what can be done. There is potential for a world-class museum. The lack of synergy with the Anderson Park Gallery (where a valuable collection is in... More 

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

Hi Bill, thank you for your lovely rating of us, and for understanding we do the best with what we have available! I will pass on your comments to our Café team, they will love it :) Cheers, Hayley More 

Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

This museum was well worth a visit. They have lots of Mauri cultural items on display. There are also a lot of exhibits dealing with the history of Southland. Not to be missed is the Tuatara exhibit, it took two trips for us to see Henry!

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

Thank you for your lovely review! We are thrilled you enjoyed your visit here. Henry and his friends are a lot harder to spot in the colder months, as they tend to burrow away to keep warm, so lucky you came back for a second trip! Cheers, Hayley More 

Dunedin, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016 via mobile

Might be the best thing to do in Invercargill. Tuatara are cool. Café small but food was nice. Near Queens Gardens and the water tower so you can see them all. The play area in the park behind the museum is an easy walk, and has lots of swings, climbing stuff, etc and looks like a splash park in summer... More 

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Thank Fun_guy_1966
SouthlandMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Southland Museum and Art Gallery, responded to this review

Hi David, thank you for your lovely comments. We think the tuatara are cool too! We love hearing if people enjoyed their visit to us, so thanks for letting us know you did! Cheers, Hayley More 

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