Canterbury Museum

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Canterbury Museum

Canterbury Museum

Rolleston Avenue, Christchurch.

Canterbury Museum in Christchurch has a strong association with New Zealand Archaeology. Past directors include archaeologists Julius von Haast, Roger Duff and Michael Trotter. It was the base of Ron Scarlett. Bev McCulloch, Owen Wilkes and Tony Fomison worked there for a period.

The museum is a traditional one showing natural history, fine arts and human history. It has a fine collection of Maori and Pacific Island artefacts. Its dioramas drawn from local archaeological sites are a particular feature. Another strength is material from Antarctic exploration from the heroic age onwards, with which Christchurch has a particular association.

You can view historic bricks from the area in the Museum collections here.

The museum was damaged in the February 2011 earthquake but has now reopened.

External Link

Museum web site


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