Canterbury Museum, Christchurch

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History Museum Museum
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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  • Free admission to a museum. That's a nice surprise . This little museum exhibits the native Maori culture explaining the their lifestyle, food, clothes and weapons. The entrance also shows Moa bird fo...  more »
  • Set in a beautiful building the museum was a great first stop before heading off to explore the rest of the city. Some good background on the Canterbury region. Nice cafe. The kids absolutely loved th...  more »
  • This museum has some wonderful exhibitions, I have never seen moa bones before and as a Māori it was interesting to read about Moriori etc... One of my friends was not happy with the lack of informati...  more »
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  • We have young children under 10 so we purchased the yearly discovery pass. The kids always find something new making it a cheap and easy outing. Take a packed lunch so they can run around the gardens after taking in some history. Parking is across the road (not free) but easy access.
  • A fun and free museum. But serious things are also being exhibited, including the history of New Zealand. For children, there is even a department they can discover by doing. Please take the time for this museum.
  • All you need to know about the local history is here. It is free.You can make a donation if you want. You can spend easy 3-4 hours and it is worth it.
  • Canterbury Museum is one of the highlights for tourists in Christchurch. Covering a wide range of New Zealand history, its permanent displays are interesting and well-presented; with the regular exhibitions adding interest for locals. Rounded off nicely with a basic Cafe, gift shop and decent kids 'Discovery' area. Located next to the beautiful and vast Botanical Gardens.
  • Loved it. Fills in a good day. Educational but fun. Clean and well set out.