Southland Museum & Art Gallery, Invercargill

(4.5/5 based on 280+ 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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  • We were told we could see Henry the Tuatara approximately 130 years old looks like a lizard but they are not! We were lucky enough to hear the curator talking about them and were able to touch one a g...  more »
  • We were surprised at just how much this museum has to offer. Lots on history and nature as well as maritime events including a 'moving' ship from a shipwreck. Great taxidermy and of course the Tuatara...  more »
  • It was wonderful to visit this venue and see that it is available to everyone as there was no entry fee to the museum. There was a good exhibit of Tuatara's which was very interesting and well set out...  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!!!