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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  • Any visitor to Christchurch should take the time to visit Quake City. It provides a great insight into the challenges which faced the people of Christchurch during and after the two major quakes of 20...  more »
  • Amazing exhibition about the 2011 Christchurch earthquake. Very moving personal stories but also very informative about new building methods for the future.  more »
  • Very heart wrenching exhibition. A must see to be able to understand how lives were affected. We watched the interviews of local people who were caught up in the earthquake. So sad to see but life goe...  more »
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  • This extensive exhibition on the Canterbury earthquakes is well worth setting aside a couple of hours for a visit. Whilst I lived through the series and know many of the stories, I still learnt more about the demolition of the hotel Grand Chancellor and of land testing. My guest from the UK found it thoroughly fascinating, giving her a better understanding of the impacts these quakes wrought on people and places. Highly recommend this exhibition.
  • There is some good content here. However.... For $20, there's not a lot of content apart from a good hour long video. Unfortunately there are too few seats for the video and the overflow of viewers covered up a wall of photos alongside. And there is a loud news report playing on a short loop next door which competes for attention if you're watching from the back. I'd rather have watched the video online. There is interesting stuff to read, but much of this is also close to too-loud radio & TV news loops which hamper concentration.
  • Expensive and really doesn’t flow very well. Whilst bits are interesting, it doesn’t really explain the geology behind quakes or give a good account of the recent ones. Equally it pays little notice to the fact that so many lost their lives in the 2011 quake
  • This is a fascinating and moving little museum depicting the impact of earthquakes, particularly the recent quake of 2011 in Christchurch. Well worth a visit. A security video with footage of the quake happening in the city center had a big impact on me.
  • A very nice exhibition. My favourite part of the exhibition was the hour long video of interviews of individuals recounting their personal e periences during the event, which included loss. The rest of the exhibition did not touch me as deeply, but still a good insight into the constant threat and this particular event.

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