Quake City, Christchurch

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#3 of 16 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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  • My sister and I visited Quake City on our first afternoon in Christchurch. The visit itself was perhaps more emotional than we had expected. The video reel of people affected and involved was particul...  more »
  • Fascinating and sad place all in one. Some of the testimonies were heart breaking. Let's you understand the full horror of the earthquake and what people here are still living through.  more »
  • This is the must see thing to do in Christchurch, This allows you to get a idea of what really happened and for you to hear the stories of those left behind!!!!  more »
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  • Very good. At $20 per person more of a tourist attraction than memorial or information centre. Interesting though. Personal accounts are moving.
  • Interesting and informative. Saddening but slightly heartening, too. Quite a lot fits into what looks like just a small sliver of shop frontage. Well worth the lowish entry price.
  • Very good place to learn from what happened in 2010 and 2011 in Christchurch. But I felt it was missing information. I finally left from the museum with the feeling I just seen again what I already knew. Maybe it's just me.
  • A museam providing moving insight into Christchurch's history
  • Very interesting and moving museum. We only had paid for 3h of parking so we had to leave then, but I guess we could have spent another hour. Of course there are more and less interesting parts, but you will learn a lot about quakes in the ChCh area, liquefaction and about the people and fates of the 2011 earthquake. Not everything might be suitable for children though, especially the video with interviews of victims contains some rough stuff.

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