Quake City, Christchurch

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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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  • Al lot of reports, eye witness accounts and pictures of the damage done by the two quakes. It included recordings of locals at the time, and even footage from a CCTV camera at the time ithe second one...  more »
  • This presentation by the Canterbury Museum is not sensationalised, it tells the human story of the 2010/11 earthquakes in Christchurch and presents some artefacts of damaged items as well as telling t...  more »
  • Very, very interesting and informative. I could a long time in this display. It shows many aspect of the EQs, some quite quirky, incidental but interesting.  more »
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  • 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.
  • Great museum detailing the events surrounding the Christchurch earthquakes. Some really enlightening stories about what happened at the time as well as the rebuild / recovery work after. Would strongly recommend a visit if you're in the city.
  • Very moving museum exhibiting the destruction of the Christchurch earthquake. The highlight was definitely the video interviews of the survivors. It really gave you a good sense of what it was like to be there when the earth literally gave way beneath the city. The exhibits also gave you a good sense of the cityscape that you see outside and why the city is still rebuilding after all these years. Definitely a must-see for anyone visiting as it offers a window into an event you wouldn't want to participate in yourself.
  • 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.
  • Great museum detailing the devastation during 2011 and a bit of history. The staff were friendly and this museum was self-paced. I would allow minimum 1 hour to absorb as much as possible. This place would be best to visit st the beginning of your trip to Christchurch too. The gift shop is pricey so come prepared with a few extra dollars.

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