Southland Museum & Art Gallery, Invercargill

(4.5/5 based on 300+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Lots of museums in NZ have concentrated on the Maori history, but this museum has a fascinating collection of whaling and Antarctic exploration memorabilia. There was a particularly interesting accoun...  more »
  • A very good museum with a lot of sound information about Southland and its history, geology and wild life. Not so hot as an art gallery with only a limited display of paintings featuring a narrow subj...  more »
  • We had a great time exploring the giant pyramid! The Tuataras were out & the amount of variety in the museum displays was fantastic! My daughter's favourite area was the fossils & rocks area - I liked...  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!!!