Canterbury Museum, Christchurch

4.6
Take a journey through the history, cultural heritage, and natural environment of Christchurch and its surrounding regions at Canterbury Museum. Stemming from the personal collection of the 19th-century geologist and explorer Julius von Haast, the museum now houses over two million artifacts. These range from geological treasures and dinosaur bones to Maori artwork and vehicles used for exploring Antarctica. Free guided tours are available on certain days; these are open to all, with no requirement to make reservations. Check the museum's website in advance for the days offered. All onsite facilities are designed to be accessible to visitors with disabilities. Before you head to Christchurch, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Christchurch tour itinerary builder tool , to make sure you see all that Christchurch has to offer, including Canterbury Museum.
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  • Very cool museum- make sure you see the Paua house! They have recreated the Paua house from the bottom of the south island here- the museum is excellent, tranquil, and with a wide variety of really in...  more »
  • Another free and amazing attraction in Christchurch! Some wonderful exhibits and my favourite was the very moving and impress War Memorial digital presentation. Make sure you drop a donation so these ...  more »
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  • My family enjoyed their visit here. thanks Not a large museum but packed in a lot. Some exhibits seemed older but still interesting if you have not visited before. We stayed most of the morning which shows that they were able to hold the interest of young children for some time. They particularly liked the explorer zone but it is $2 admission price. Worth a visit in Christchurch and what wouldn't you as it is free entry ( donations encouraged)
  • It's a great museum to learn about the Maori people and their relationship with the place they lived, now Christchurch. But not only that, the museum also has permanent exhibitions about the lifestyle of the European settlers, one area recreates the streets of old Christchurch with its shops. Has beautiful collections of items from the Victorian era. And all the way to modern Christchurch and our impact as humans. Has a permanent exhibition about the expeditions to Antarctica, which is great.
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