Quake City, Christchurch

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#3 of 17 in Museums in Christchurch
At Quake City, find out why the city of Christchurch looks the way it does today. This multi-sensory attraction informs visitors about the causes and effects of the 2010 and 2011 Canterbury earthquakes. Learn about the science of earthquakes through interactive displays, such as an active liquefaction volcano. View photographs and videos capturing stories of rescue teams during the aftermath of volcanic activities, and look for the cathedral spire destroyed in the 2011 earthquake. If you're visiting with little ones, the Lego table will keep children occupied. Use our Christchurch trip itinerary maker tool to visit Quake City on your trip to Christchurch, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • A very informative and interesting exhibition of the Christchurch earthquakes. The videos were very emotional and really gave us the sense of the days after the quakes. The news reports of those days ...  more »
  • While on the Historic Tram, we stopped off at Quake City - just curious to see what they had done... it was brilliantly presented, and very moving in some sections. A credit to all involved.  more »
  • We heard about the Quake Museum when we were touring around the city on the tram. We exited the tram right at the museum and spent a couple of hours looking through. The museum is well set up with aud...  more »
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  • Such a moving experience. It showcased the resilience, the humour intermingled with the heartbreak, and the strong sense of community of the Canterbury people. I was especially impressed with the technology and innovations being born out of the disaster. It also highlighted for me the power and importance of story-telling.
  • Really interesting and moving rendition covering the recent (2010/11) Canterbury quakes. The video interviews (12 over ~1hr) with some of those caught up in it are particularly moving. Would recommend planning to be there much longer than you'd normally expect for a museum or exhibit of it's size.
  • I came away from here with up most respect for the people of Christchurch and an understanding of what happened with the earthquakes. The staff are nice. U can leave your coat at the front desk. Totally worth the 20 fee to enter. Reflect when you are there.
  • Very interesting. Some pretty cool displays as well. A little steep entrance fee (20$) but a good experience if you have the time.
  • It's quite good to know what's happend. And see a emotions. But I expected more interaction. Anyway it's was my expectation and for someone can be better.
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