Canterbury Museum is the South Island’s most popular indoor visitor attraction, with displays featuring the natural history of Canterbury, the people who have made it home and the region’s connection to Antarctica.
Located in the historic heart of the city since 1870, the museum has a world-class collection, which is showcased in its permanent displays. It also regularly stages temporary local and international exhibitions.
The Māori galleries display pounamu (greenstone) and other treasures and tools from Canterbury’s first people. Visitors to the museum’s re-creation of the world-famous Fred & Myrtle’s Pāua Shell House will see more than 1,000 pāua shells adorning the living room walls of this unique Kiwi couple’s house. A replica 19th Century Christchurch street gives you a glimpse of the city’s past, while the Antarctic Gallery displays highlights from one of the world’s most significant Antarctic collections.
A gift shop and café are onsite and tours run daily at 2:00pm; book online or at the museum. Check out the website for details of temporary exhibitions and public programmes. Entry is free but donations are appreciated.
Open daily except Christmas Day, 9:00am to 5:00pm (5:30pm in summer)