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Canterbury Museum

Te rohe - Location
Rolleston Avenue, Christchurch, New Zealand

Ngā haora mahi - Opening hours
Summer Daily 9 am - 5.30 pm (October - March)
Winter Daily 9 am - 5 pm (April - September)
Closed Christmas Day

Te utu - Admission
Entry is free - a donation is appreciated

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.

Ngā momo kohinga -
Collection Strengths


Pacific cultures

Natural history and sciences

Social history

Taonga Māori


Ngā wāhi -

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    Public programmes

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    Guided tours

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    Membership club

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    Wheelchair access

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    Function space

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  • 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

Whakapā mai -

Kei te mahere -
On the map