Canterbury Museum, Christchurch

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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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  • We thought we'd just stop in briefly but an hour and a half later we were still deeply involved. The Maori section was quite interesting. I especially enjoyed the dioramas. The shops of old Christchur...  more »
  • One of the things you can do in Christchurch, New Zealand is visit the Canterbury Museum. Although some exhibits don't change, there are exhibits that do change after a brief time in the museum. The e...  more »
  • Definitely check out the Antarctic exhibit, and the Maori history of New Zealand portion of the museum. The space is small, but there are also good temporary exhibits. The current 75 years of Air New ...  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.