Southland Museum & Art Gallery, Invercargill

4.6
#1 of 8 in Museums in Southland Region
Inside the distinctive white pyramid of Southland Museum & Art Gallery you can discover the historical and artistic taonga (Maori for treasures) of the South Island. Browse the extensive and eclectic variety of exhibits, including a dedicated Maori gallery and Southland's natural history and fossil records. Alongside the historical artifacts, the gallery showcase both established and up-and-coming local artisans. The museum also houses the now-iconic breeding colony of Tuatara lizards--often referred to as living fossils. Put Southland Museum & Art Gallery at the forefront of your travel plans using our Invercargill vacation planner.
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  • August 13, 2017
    Was not expecting a Museum in a small place to be so good. So many different and interesting exhibits there; could easily fill in a day there.  more »
  • August 6, 2017
    Have to praise the museum for putting on a scavenger hunt for school aged children during the holidays! It's heaps of fun and even as an adult it can be challenging. It gets the kids interested in the...  more »
  • July 19, 2017
    The moment one walked in out of the cold you could feel this was a special place. Children are well catered for and have great fun looking for particular items. Unique moving poppy display and virtual...  more »
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  • This museum is truly a diamond in the rough. Not to say that Invercargill isn't cool--but the Southland Museum is just that much better. Easily one of the coolest and best-kept museums I've ever been to, and I've been to a few museums. Rich in natural, anthropological, biological, and geological history, this museum and art gallery is probably in my top five all-time favorites simply for how clean, friendly, detailed, and welcoming it is. The tuataras are a must-see as well!
  • Lots to do and see. A really good variety from Moaris to Motorbikes. Completely free and easy to get to.
  • Nice regional museum. Great to see the Tuataras.
  • Amazing free gallery. Definitely worth a stop.
  • There is so much cool stuff to look at! Great fun for familys

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