Canterbury Museum, Christchurch

(4.5/5 based on 1,700+ 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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  • Exhibits are well put together. My husband really enjoyed the Air New Zealand exhibit,especially as he is a retired aeronautical engineer. It is a great exhibit starting from the beginning of air trav...  more »
  • A very interesting Museum of the history of New Zealand with lots of exhibitions and interactive attractions including walk ways through mock up shops and streets.  more »
  • We visited specially to see the 75th anniversary exhibition of Air New Zealand and enjoyed the trip down our travelling memory lane, This exhibition closes at the end of April - don't miss it. The Ant...  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.