Southland Museum & Art Gallery, Invercargill

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Art Museum 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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  • I loved this place, especially the Tuatarium (how cool is it to see prehistoric reptiles!?). The bonus was having the curator come out to speak with us and let us pet one of the tuataras.  more »
  • Having a break and wanting something interesting to view so heard about the Tuatara indoor display. What a fabulous idea - see tuatara in a natural setting and the oldest one is over 110 years old, wi...  more »
  • A wealth of information both local and regional. Had to go back to finish it off! The shipwreck stories were incredible, how did those people survive? Some hardy folk, particularly the brave farmers t...  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