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. Plan to visit Quake City during your Christchurch vacation using our convenient Christchurch family vacation planner.
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  • This excellent museum is closed due to relocation. It will be re-opening in a new location in September. We were disappointed that it was closed during our recent visit.  more »
  • Great food, friendly service. Warm and comfortable environment....... Will certainly return, try the bacon and egg rolls, bagels or pancakes!!  more »
  • This museum has made something educational and informative from the tradgic earthquakes of Christchurch. I learnt a lot at the centre including the history of how earthquakes have affected the city, i...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • It is a very good museum! A lot of information and one get a totally new perspective on the quakes Christchurch suffered.
  • Fascinating. Amazing to see what chch has been through and the rescue, recovery and prevention efforts.

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