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This is a real museum!

Dioramas, samples you can touch as well as see, drawers of fascinating collections, exhibits you... read more

Reviewed December 1, 2018
SmileyN21
Great culture and history!

Our 5 yo once found some bones on the beach, and unsure of what animal they belonged to, we... read more

Reviewed November 6, 2018
Sarah D
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Timaru, New Zealand
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Reviewed December 1, 2018

Dioramas, samples you can touch as well as see, drawers of fascinating collections, exhibits you can walk through, multiple Moa skeletons, taxidermied creatures, and it’s all fascinating and there are good information panels. It was a real treat to visit a museum that reminds me...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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SthCantMuseum, Manager at South Canterbury Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your comments - we're glad you enjoyed your visit and our approach to presenting our stories.

Reviewed November 6, 2018

Our 5 yo once found some bones on the beach, and unsure of what animal they belonged to, we encourage her to take them to the South Canterbury Museum and see if they could provide some insight! They helped her figure out by looking at...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Sarah D
SthCantMuseum, Manager at South Canterbury Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Sarah, thanks for your comments - we love helping young minds explore nature and heritage! (Actually, everyone, regardless of age.....).

Reviewed August 6, 2018

We went to the museum on a wet afternoon in August with few expectations. We came out stunned by the displays that gave us a real appreciation of the area and how this part of NZ developed from its earliest days. The information on the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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SthCantMuseum, Manager at South Canterbury Museum, responded to this reviewResponded August 8, 2018

Hi Marc, thank you for taking the time to share your opinion, we are grateful for your very positive response!

Reviewed May 20, 2018

Great place for the entire family. the exhibits are good and a lot of interactive stuff- changes weekly.

Date of experience: May 2018
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SthCantMuseum, Manager at South Canterbury Museum, responded to this reviewResponded May 21, 2018

Thank you very much for your kind review, we're glad you enjoy visiting!

Reviewed April 9, 2018

A display of natural history, fauna, immigration, pioneers, town development, & some info on Flight, understandably. An easy hour getting absorbed in the depth of info presented in an engaging way. Well done to the Museum's team.

Date of experience: March 2018
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SouthCanterburyMusem, Manager at South Canterbury Museum, responded to this reviewResponded April 10, 2018

Thanks very much for your kind comments! We're glad you enjoyed our Museum.

Reviewed March 23, 2018 via mobile

The museum has permanent exhibitions on local natural history, heritage (Maori and early settlers) with detailed information, photos, costumes and artefacts. At the time of visit, there was a special exhibition on NZ's participation in World War One (not the same as the one held...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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SouthCanterburyMusem, Manager at South Canterbury Museum, responded to this reviewResponded March 25, 2018

Thanks so much for your positive review - we're glad you enjoyed your visit.

Reviewed March 9, 2018

Well laid out museum showing the history of Timaru. Worth spending an hour or so here if you have time.

Date of experience: January 2018
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SouthCanterburyMusem, Manager at South Canterbury Museum, responded to this reviewResponded March 11, 2018

Thanks for visiting us. We're glad that you enjoyed the experience.

Reviewed March 7, 2018

This Museum is a great way to spend a couple of hours. A great insight into the areas local history and settlement. Call in it is well worth it.

Date of experience: February 2018
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SouthCanterburyMusem, Manager at South Canterbury Museum, responded to this reviewResponded April 11, 2018

Thanks John, we're glad you enjoyed your visit!

Reviewed February 20, 2018 via mobile

Wonderful exhibits - shell, butterflies, costumes, history this place has it all. Great place to see after Gita sent in the rain. Top marks.

Date of experience: February 2018
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SouthCanterburyMusem, Manager at South Canterbury Museum, responded to this reviewResponded March 11, 2018

Thanks, Sally, we're glad you enjoyed your visit.

Reviewed September 5, 2017

fabulous range of interesting local and NZ artifacts and photos etc well worth a visit either as local of traveller

Date of experience: July 2017
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