Canterbury Museum

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. Regular special exhibitions. Entry is free and donations are appreciated. Daily Museum tours at 2.00 pm. Book online of go to foyer 10 minutes beforehand.

Opening Hours

Business hours
    9.00 am - 5.00 pm (April - September) 9.00 am - 5.30 pm (October - March).
Months of operation
    All Year
  • Proximity to airport:
    20 minutes by car or taxi
    Proximity to town:
    Central Christchurch