Canterbury Museum, Christchurch

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Take a journey through the history, cultural heritage, and natural environment of Christchurch and its surrounding regions at Canterbury Museum. Stemming from the personal collection of the 19th-century geologist and explorer Julius von Haast, the museum now houses over two million artifacts. These range from geological treasures and dinosaur bones to Maori artwork and vehicles used for exploring Antarctica. Free guided tours are available on certain days; these are open to all, with no requirement to make reservations. Check the museum's website in advance for the days offered. All onsite facilities are designed to be accessible to visitors with disabilities. Before you head to Christchurch, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Christchurch tour itinerary builder tool , to make sure you see all that Christchurch has to offer, including Canterbury Museum.
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  • There is so much o see at the Christchurch museum. They even have an Egyptian mummy. Lots of kid activities as well. Great free day out.  more »
  • Really good displays and very interesting. Intelligent information on various subjects. Beautiful building in a fantastic setting.  more »
  • Spent a couple of hours. Enjoyed the historical street recreation. Good displays of pre-European settlement. Good displays of natural history. Fun exhibits for children. Interested in the large portra...  more »
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  • One of the greatest attractions in Christchurch, allow at least 2 to 3 hours to enjoy all the exhibitions. It entertains all age groups. Great location, admission is free but donation is recommended. If you are new in Christchurch I must suggest to visit.
  • Great place to drop by and visit. Lots of interesting things are displayed here so you can learn about history and nature. We loved every single second we spend here. Will visit again we had a blast!
  • The number one attraction in Christchurch. A Must. Admission is free but donation recommended. This place is big with lots of exhibition from dinosaurs fossils, Egyptian mummy, to 1900 village and Paua House and Antarctic Machinery. Allow 2 hours minimum. Kids will love the discovery Centre ($2)
  • Great place to hang out but some of the exhibitions might be a bit scary for children.
  • I spent a couple of hours walking through all the exhibitions.They had the HĀKUI || WOMEN 0F KĀI TAHU which was interesting as was the Māori Galleries which showed their daily way of life, their weapons & treasures. The Bird & ASIan Art was also interesting, loved Fred & Myrtle's Pāuā Shell House, what passion they had for the humble Pāuā Shell. Most of the exhibition was free. Good gift shop

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