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The Canterbury Museum


A Journey Of Redevelopment

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

Since then, the Canterbury Museum has been telling stories of Waitaha Canterbury, now the Museum is rewriting its own story by embarking on an exciting new journey of redevelopment. The Rolleston Avenue site is closed but you can visit their pop-up museum on the first floor of the CoCA building at 66 Gloucester Street.

Online you can continue to explore the collections and be part of the redevelopment journey that lies ahead.


Highlights to Explore

Around half the pop-up Museum is dedicated to collection highlights and visitor favourites from the Museum’s permanent galleries. The other half displays temporary exhibitions.

On display are taonga (treasures) which represent the breadth and depth of the Museum's collection ranging from taxidermied animals through to historic objects from the Antarctic, Mountfort and Early Settlers galleries. Visitors can also see beautiful taonga Māori and Pasifika alongside the return of two firm visitor favourites, the horse from The Christchurch Street and Ivan Mauger’s gold bike.

Opening hours:
9.00 am to 5.30 pm (October to March)
9.00 am to 5.00 pm (April to September)