Canterbury Museum, Christchurch

Categories: History Museums, Museums
Inspirock Rating:
4.4/5 based on 1,300+ reviews on the web
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. To visit Canterbury Museum on your holiday in Christchurch, and find out what else Christchurch has to offer, use our Christchurch travel itinerary maker.
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  • This museum is free and adjacent to the formal gardens. On a rainy day you could easily spend 4 to 5 hours and on a sunny day 2 to 3 hours. The special Air New Zealand exhibit is a must for anyone tha...  read more »
  • We are locals, so have been to the Museum many times. We have been to lots of museums all over the world and think the Christchurch Museum is pretty good. This time we went just to see the AirNZ 75th ...  read more »
  • This museum was very interesting with displays on a wide variety of subjects from spiders to Egyptian mummies through to Antarctica. Fantastic and Free!!!! 
  • Very good museum on a variety of topics. Good cross section of natural history and cultural content. Of special interest was the collection of unique Chinese artefacts
  • Always great to go and see what's happening with different exhibits, it is one of the best museums as there are so many things to see and for kids it has a great education science area costs about $2 for the kids and really great. can easily spend a afternoon here
  • Interesting museum filled with exhibits from indigenous New Zealand to the local history of Christchurch to modern day quirks like the Paua House. Give yourself anywhere from an hour to 2 and a half hours to get through everything. The museum is quite traditional, however some of the newer exhibits do make a good effort to be more interactive and technology based.
  • For a relatively small town in the antipodes, this is a surprisingly large, diverse and fascinating museum. Well thought out interesting displays showcase the historical origins of human arrival, development and diversification in the Canterbury region. Along with sections devoted to local flora, fauna, geology, technology, plus Antarctic exploration, a children's section and a few unexpected surprises, you won't be disappointed. Entry is free and there's a lovely cafe on the top floor overlooking Hagley Park. Allow at least half a day - preferably more to do it justice.
  • Great day out with the kids. Super friendly and informative.
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