Canterbury Museum, Christchurch

4.6
#1 of 86 in Museums in South Island
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. To visit Canterbury Museum on your holiday in Christchurch, and find out what else Christchurch has to offer, use our Christchurch travel itinerary maker.
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  • August 16, 2017
    This is a great stop for families. It's free and the museum covers a lot of interesting historical detail pertinent to Christchurch and the local area including native Maori artefacts, as well as, som...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    Fun place to go for the whole family especially on a cold or rainy day. The kids loved it and discovery world even more.  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    This is a free Museum that is well worth a visit. Great staff and very helpful. The early Christchurch Street exhibit is worth spending time looking at as are the special exhibits.  more »
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  • We have young children under 10 so we purchased the yearly discovery pass. The kids always find something new making it a cheap and easy outing. Take a packed lunch so they can run around the gardens after taking in some history. Parking is across the road (not free) but easy access.
  • A fun and free museum. But serious things are also being exhibited, including the history of New Zealand. For children, there is even a department they can discover by doing. Please take the time for this museum.
  • All you need to know about the local history is here. It is free.You can make a donation if you want. You can spend easy 3-4 hours and it is worth it.
  • Canterbury Museum is one of the highlights for tourists in Christchurch. Covering a wide range of New Zealand history, its permanent displays are interesting and well-presented; with the regular exhibitions adding interest for locals. Rounded off nicely with a basic Cafe, gift shop and decent kids 'Discovery' area. Located next to the beautiful and vast Botanical Gardens.
  • Loved it. Fills in a good day. Educational but fun. Clean and well set out.

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