Quake City, Christchurch

(4.2/5 based on 1,000+ reviews on the web)
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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  • The exhibition is well done and impressively depicts the events to the 2010 earthquake and the devastating aftershocks in 2011. The mix of factual information and reports by affected do I find well balanced. After the exhibition was very clear me why Downtown is still a construction site after 6 years. Important: there are all information in English only. Technical terms are partly or in interviews used colloquial language, which were difficult to understand for me as a non-English native speaker. I think that a visit is highly recommended.
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  • We found Quake City so interesting, well thought out and informative. There was a film show with people's experiences which was so moving and memorable. There were lots of displays which explained the...  more »
  • We visited Quake City on a duller, cooler day when we were in Christchurch. This was a very moving (sorry for the pun) experience. Take you handkerchief but it is very well presented and I would say a...  more »
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  • This was rather moving in parts. It gives a lot of information on the 2 devastating earthquakes that struck in 2010 and 2011. It's a little pricey at $20 but I consider worth it. I feel it's important when visiting a place that has suffered it is vital to learn the history of what happened and reflect. This is why to visit.
  • I was a little disappointed with this museum. What was there was interesting, but I was expecting to see more about the day - hour by hour, as it happened. It felt a little small and didn't do the tragic event justice. I hope that they will build something larger and more in depth in years to come.
  • Definitely worth the visit while in Christchurch. Make sure to take your time watching some of the videos in the screening area. They are very moving.
  • An excellent overview of our quakes and the impact both good and bad.
  • This must be the only business in Christchurch to be cashing in on such a hard time for many New Zealanders. A small collection of pieces of building, explanation of the events and a short documentary of five people's experiences of the days events doesn't justify the price charges for admission. I'd suggest you spend the entry fee at a local business or donate your money to a fund which is going to help rebuild Christchurch. You'd be better off researching the events of the day yourself than visiting here.