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Arts & Culture

The Canterbury Museum

An Icon in the Botanic Gardens

The Canterbury Museum located at the entry to the Botanic Gardens is a Christchurch icon, first opening its doors to the public on the 1 October 1870.

Over time, the original building designed by architect Benjamin Mountfort has evolved with additions made to house the ever-growing collection.  

Highlights to Explore

  • The world's largest collection of Moa bones
  • The largest and most diverse collection of Antarctic memorabilia and photos in the world
  • The unique and quirky exhibition of Fred and Myrtle's Paua Shell House. 

With exhibitions, creative events and a discovery section, the Canterbury Museum attracts visitors of all ages. 

Explore more at the Canterbury Museum.