Southland Museum & Art Gallery, Invercargill

Categories: Art Museums, Museums
Inspirock Rating:
4.5/5 based on 260+ 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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  • Mostly coffee shop and gift shop. It looked tired and old. I wasn't overly impressed. As a stop off point for every visitor to the deep south I expected more to impress the newcomers. It had no person...  read more »
  • This is a cute little museum, a lot bigger than you first think... Bonus that it is free and easily kills the afternoon! Nothing over the top fancy though like people from big cities may be used to. 
  • Lots of interesting exhibits. Tuataras and Burt's bike were the favourites. Really informative museum and well worth visiting. 
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!!!
  • We spend an interesting afternoon in the museum. Good explanations and various artefacts to understand the history of the Southland (Maoris' history, 19th century, scientific explorations, contemporary art...).And it’s free so no reason to visit it !
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