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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  • Some parts you move faster some are very slow, love the museum Street, with the old businesses. Very nice arrangement.  more »
  • Very unique experience for everyone. The museum was combined new and old stuff together which letting you want to see more and more, and made you think what coming up that will surprise you. Must go.  more »
  • This place is as good as I remember it as a child. Full of interesting period items from Maori Culture through to Modern Space exploration. Plenty to do for big and little kids.  more »
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  • Good selection of items, varied displays. Great Antarctic section. The kids discovery space is always fun. I wish the toilets were closer to the kid's discovery space though! Cafe good value and quality coffee. Could do with more healthy variety of food for the kids. Really good gift shop.
  • Terrific museum highlighting NZ past flora and fauna and not forgetting the contribution of fairly recent settlers from Polynesia and Europe. Rich in detail with superb Antarctic explorer section with many many items from expeditions. Plus fine collection of vintage clothing ( upstairs) and superb furniture and silverware collection.
  • I love this place, I've visited previously and enjoyed it just as much then as I did again. Good representation on a range of things inside here. Lots for children to interact with. Donation basis also which is helpful for schools etc. Toilets and relaxation areas and they also have a cafe upstairs. So all in all a lovely place to visit. It's also inside the botanical gardens so worth a pop in whilst yoy visit here.
  • The most magnificent gardens. Places where you can get away by yourself in nature. A huge range of different tree species. Good size can wander around freely not overcrowded. A beautiful place to unwind.
  • This is a beautiful place. So much information from the cultures to the Antarctica. Maori people and influence. Museum is pretty big with a lot of sections and all the sections so engaging. It is free except a little section upstairs for a nominal fee. Cafe for people who love their coffee. Lots of History on exhibition and lot of information. Must visit.

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