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Learn about the natural history of Canterbury, the people who have made their homes here and our connection to Antarctica.

The Māori galleries display treasures and tools from our region’s first people. The Christchurch Street and Victorian Museum recreate the nineteenth-century city. At the world-famous kiwiana icon, Fred & Myrtle’s Pāua Shell House see more than 1,000 pāua shells, the most you’ll find in any one place. Learn about the heroic explorers of the icy continent and see objects from the Museum’s internationally significant Antarctic collection.

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Business hours:
9.00 am - 5.00 pm (April - September) 9.00 am - 5.30 pm (October - March).
Months of operation:
All months of the year


11 Rolleston Avenue, Christchurch, New Zealand.

plane Proximity to airport:
20 minutes by car or taxi
decisions Proximity to town:
Central Christchurch

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