Canterbury Museum

Canterbury, Christchurch
All year round

Canterbury Museum, in Christchurch’s Cultural Precinct, is housed in a beautiful stone building that was first opened in 1870.

The Museum is world renowned for its natural and human history collections and has a changing programme of exhibitions and events complementing the permanent displays. Worldwide collections of human and natural history with a focus on Canterbury and Antarctica. Step into the hustle and bustle of a typical nineteenth century Christchurch street. Hear the clip clop of horse shoes as you walk between the chemist, the saddle maker and the iron monger on the Christchurch street. Fancy a taste of kiwiana? Pop in to see the fun and quirky Fred and Myrtle’s Paua Shell House Parts of the original house in Bluff have been recreated in the museum. Amazing.



For more info visit:

Canterbury Museum


11 Rolleston Avenue
Christchurch Central City


03 366 5000



Entry and exit is at the same point and at ground level. Wheelchairs are available from the foyer (kindly donated by the Friends of Canterbury Museum). To book a wheelchair please email the museum. All of the stairs have handrails. The stairs are set at a standard height (180 mm between steps), are slip resistant and have luminous strips on the edge. All public spaces are wheelchair accessible. The Museum is not generally noisy except during peak times in school holidays or in highly interactive areas.


Christchurch's bus service provides convenient and affordable travel into central Christchurch. Some routes include the Museum and the central bus terminus is just 10 minutes walk from the Museum. Canterbury Museum is a 10-minute walk from Cathedral Square and central Christchurch hotels.


Pay and Display parking on adjacent streets. Free parking for 3 hours in the Botanic Gardens (use Armagh Street entrance). Christchurch Art Gallery (paid). There are two disabled parking places outside the Museum on Rolleston Avenue next to the Botanic Gardens entrance.

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