Canterbury Museum, Christchurch
(4.5/5 based on 1,400+ 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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  • If you'd like to gain an insight to our Antarctic explorations, maori artefacts, a quaint and interesting snapshot of colonial Christchurch and wonderfully curated changing exhibitions, both historic ...  more »
  • Recently I visited the museum during the current Air NZ 75 year anniversary exhibition. It is a great museum and the exhibition is outstanding for our National carrier. 
  • Over the years the kids and I have always enjoyed a visit here. There are fixed displays but also changing ones from the Purau House to street art and science. Kids got board of the area you pay to go...  more »
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  • This is a fantastic museum and practically free. Great place to bring the sketchbook and watercolors. I sketched the Maori dioramas and could have done that all day. The Antarctica expedition was extremely well done and packed full of artifacts.
  • Great to find out history of the Maori and English settlers and how life used to be like in early New Zealand. Also shows some quirky NZ history - like Fred and Myrtles paua shell house. The current Air New Zealand show is quite interesting. Being free makes it that bit better- will be great to see the whale skeleton back soon apparently
  • Great museum, fun exhibit about the Shell House and helpful docents. Loved the street art murals through the museum.
  • 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
  • Free to entry museum. It has lots of cool stuff inside. After garden tour you can come here to understand the history nearby.