Canterbury Museum, Christchurch

4.6
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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  • A good and free way to spend a couple of hours along with the botanical gardens. A lot bigger than it seems from the outside and has a lot of interactive stuff for younger kids. Maybe do this and then...  more »
  • Great exhibitions, a really good mixture and something for everyone. Free entry but the kids play area where you pay $2 worth it as there is plenty to see and do for kids. there is a cafe on the top f...  more »
  • A must to in Christchurch! Our second visit and we still could have spent more time there. Wonderful displays  more »
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  • Beautiful place to visit. Lots of interesting things to see. Fabulous staff and friendly. Gold coin donation. Love the shell house. Stunning. Take your time to see what they have to offer and learn.
  • Visited the museum not expecting much but I was blown away. I'd say it's a better museum than Te Papa in Wellington because the variety of exhibitions they have are great. I would really recommend the Arctic exhibition they have and the old retail street they have recreated. Highly recommend paying a visit
  • Beautiful museum with lots of arts and culture to explore. Well within reach as it's just in the tramway stop. Also got nice shop to buy souvenirs. Also a really nice cafe on to floor with amazing views of the garden. Such an amazing place to visit if you are in Christchurch. Don't miss
  • Great museum! The Antarctic exhibit is wonderful. Every time I go, there is something new to see. And, it's free! They just ask for a donation if you're willing. The museum is also surrounded by beautiful gardens and plenty of good restaurants.
  • Amazing place! Lots of interesting displays and information. All ages will enjoy this place. Has the botanical gardens on the same grounds which is nice to walk around and grab a coffee. Best of all it's free! But they accept donations at entry, what's $5 for a few hours entertainment.
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