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Canterbury Museum

This major New Zealand regional museum holds in trust almost two million collection items of regional, national and international significance. The collections cover a wide range of topics including Canterbury's first people, the Moa hunter Mäori and their descendants, and the European settlers' cultural, and economic development, family and local history. Arts of Asia, the discovery and exploration of Antarctica, New Zealand birds, mammals, insects, rock minerals and fossils also feature. Highlights include the Mountfort Gallery of European Decorative Arts and Costume, the Victorian Christchurch Street, and Living Canterbury. The Museum is impressively located, next door to the Botanic Gardens and opposite The Arts Centre.

Collection Type
Art, Historic Site, History, Maritime, Natural History, Pacific, Science, Taonga Maori, Technology

Contact Details
Postal address iconRolleston Avenue, Christchurch, New Zealand
Telephone number icon64 3 366 5000
Web address iconhttp://www.canterburymuseum.com
Email address iconinfo@canterburymuseum.com

Visitor Information
Physical address iconRolleston Avenue, Christchurch, New Zealand, New Zealand
Hours of operation iconSummer Daily 9 am - 5.30 pm (October - March) Winter Daily 9 am - 5 pm (April - September) Closed Christmas Day
Charges iconEntry is free - a donation is appreciated

Wheelchair accessCafeShopFunction SpaceGuided TourPublic ProgrammesMembership ClubToilets
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Wildlife Photographer of The Year

Some of the world's best animal photographs are on display at Canterbury Museum from August 11. At the 'Wildlife Photographer of the Year' exhibition, you can view almost 100 of the best pictures from the Natural ...

Dates: 21-Sep-2018, 22-Sep-2018, 23-Sep-2018, 24-Sep-2018, 25-Sep-2018, 26-Sep-2018 View more sessions

Fibre Creations

This is an exhibition of woven, spun or felted garments, and other objects by members of the Canterbury Branch of Creative Fibre. There are 11 awards for excellence with prizes which will be awarded at a short ...

Dates: 21-Sep-2018, 22-Sep-2018

Christchurch City Antarctic Heritage Walk

The 3.6 km walk starts with a visit to the Canterbury Museum, then into the Botanic Gardens and through central city streets, stopping at several points of interest where the Antarctic history is explained by members of ...

Dates: 30-Sep-2018

Canterbury Potters Association 45th Annual Exhibition

Must-see event for all art and ceramics fans! This annual exhibition celebrates the creative excellence of the CPA members, who range from experienced practitioners to students and passionate amateur potters. The work ...

Dates: 14-Nov-2018, 14-Nov-2018, 15-Nov-2018, 16-Nov-2018, 17-Nov-2018, 18-Nov-2018 View more sessions