Southland Museum & Art Gallery, Invercargill

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Art Museum
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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  • Love visiting the museum. Great to take the kids around and have a look. In the school holidays they often run a scavenger hunt for children which gets them interested in the history.  more »
  • worth a visit if you have a half day or more to kill set in nice park -has usual interesting local and natural history items but what makes it must go to is tuataras led by 130 year old henry who has ...  more »
  • The fantastically bright and vibrant tones of Australasian artist Euan Macloud were made to look as mud by the terrible lighting at the museum. It was as if a fog had fallen over the wonderfully craft...  more »
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  • Cool place. Lots of historic stuff. Not too big but nice.
  • Worth visiting again and again. The fixed exhibitions on the Sub-Antarctic Islands are particularly interesting. There are many different displays from Victoriana to Maori culture and artefacts, from Southland Local Heritage to The Fastest Indian Motorcycle. Henry the Tuatara is worth seeing. The museum's Tuatara breeding program is very successful. Art exhibitions change regularly and are displayed in a light and spacious environment. The ANZAC display has been very popular locally as it is incorporated into a trench scene. Stop at the café when you need a break. The food is very good value. Did I mention that it is all free!
  • Great place and the kids loved it. It's a shame that we didn't get to see Henry as we came in not long after it opened and it was too cold for him to come out of cover. If you wish to see Henry and his friends in winter, it's best to come in around lunch time or later.
  • Quite good for what it is. Some unique exhibits there!
  • Been there nice place. Not far from home. I like the southern part of it. Whoo!!!