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The Arts Centre

Find Hidden Gems in the Arts Centre

The Arts Centre has been extensively restored, with many hidden gems to explore. 

The Great Hall and Rutherford's Den have undergone an incredible restoration bringing the over 135-year-old heritage buildings back to life! Shop at the growing number of boutique shops, galleries and food outlets, or experience the wide range of on-site events.  

Great Hall

Visit the Great Hall - a stunning 130 year old Gothic revival-style building with mesmerising memorial window dedicated to World War One. Comprised of about 4,000 individual pieces of glass, originally installed in 1938, the window was saved and has been re-installed taking pride of place inside this incredible space.  


Rutherford's Den

Scientific discovery and hands-on experimentation take centre stage in Rutherford's Den. The space is dedicated to Nobel Prize Winner Ernest, Lord Rutherford who studied, attended lectures and undertook his earliest experiments at Canterbury College. Step inside and enjoy fun, hands on activities as you learn about science in the rooms where Rutherford studied. Open 7 days a week, 10am to 5pm.  

The Arts Centre Galleries and Museums include:

  • Pūmanawa Community Exhibition Space
  • Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities
  • The Central Art Gallery
  • The Physics Room

The Arts Centre is also the perfect place to grab a drink or a bite to eat. Be sure to visit: 

  • Bunsen
  • Bijou bar
  • Cellar Door
  • Frances Nation Grocer
  • The Fudge Cottage
  • The Rolling Om
  • Zen Sushi & Dumpling

After a spot of shopping? Check out: 

  • Absolution
  • Adventure Books
  • Dee Dee Thai Massage
  • Department of Conservation (DOC) Visitor Centre
  • Fragranzi Artisan Perfume Studio
  • Frances Nation Home
  • Indigo & Provisions
  • Pepa Stationery
  • Rekindle

Get creative at: 

  • Canterbury Academy of Dance
  • Paint & Sip Studio
  • Original Scripts

Looking to go to the movies?

Lumière cinema located in the West Lecture building, is a sophisticated boutique theatre experience offering state-of-the-art technology with vintage ambiance and luxurious seating.