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.

Contact Details

Rolleston Avenue, Christchurch, New Zealand

64 3 366 5000

Visitor Information

Rolleston Avenue, Christchurch, New Zealand

Summer Daily 9 am - 5.30 pm (October - March) Winter Daily 9 am - 5 pm (April - September) Closed Christmas Day

Entry is free - a donation is appreciated


Wheelchair access



Function space

Guided tour

Public programmes

Membership club


Other Facilities

Documentary Research Centre / Visitor Lounge /Museum brochures /Tourist brochures / Canterbury Museum News / Friends of Canterbury Museum Membership / Discovery Club Membership for children / Venue for functions, events and talks
-43.531067 172.6276 16 Canterbury Museum