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New York, New York
May 26, 2010
From journal Autumn Adventures on New Zealand’s South Island
Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
February 13, 2010
From journal All Calm in Christchurch
Fortrose, Scotland, United Kingdom
December 22, 2008
From journal New Zealand's Garden City
by Red Mezz
Inverness, Scotland, United Kingdom
November 14, 2008
From journal So There's More to Christchurch than Just Great Restaurants...
February 16, 2002
There are halls that look at transportation and special exhibits but I made a bee-line to the Antarctic hall. This presentation compliments the Antarctic Centre, since this display offers more in-depth information about the history and discovery of the South Pole. Personal items from Amundsen and Scott are here for you to see. One of Amundsen's sledge's was as long as a bus! How in the world did his dogs pull it and not tip it over???? There are many old photo's and paintings too. By far, the most tearful display contains copies of Scott's last letters...written as he was dying....asking for forgiveness and listing the mistakes he made. So Awful....makes me still want to cry.
Other exhibits in this hall are centered around the animals. There is a neat booth you can enter and hear the underwater sounds of seals and whales. Did you know that Weddell Seals bear babies weighing 66 pounds? Women of the world have no right to complain.
Another fun area is the re-creation of the Christchurch Streets from the last century. Some of the doors open to shops and you can enter to see beautiful antiques and experience a little of what life was like before electric lights.
From journal Best at the Bottom of the World
Townsville, Queensland, Australia
July 2, 2001
I am not big on museums but I enjoyed this one because of its size and variety of displays. You can see the major exhibits in one hour then spend much longer if you have special interests.
The main exhibitions are on two levels and there is a natural route through them. You start with several Maori galleries then move through to an interesting transport gallery. I was very impressed with the recreated Christchurch Street from the Victorian era. It was a great way of displaying both the architecture and the artifacts from this era. Top marks!
The Antarctic Gallery on the upper floor is also very interesting. You come face to face (literally) with many of the heroes and artifacts of Antarctic discovery and exploration. They were certainly tough characters! Also on this floor is the bird hall with many New Zealand birds on display. If you are planning to visit the albatross or penguin colonies later in your New Zealand tour, this is a ‘must’. Time did not permit us to visit the discovery gallery but a quick peak showed us that kids would just love this.
The museum has a café, up one further flight of steps, that opens for coffee, snacks and lunch. It overlooks the Botanic Gardens and has a nice atmosphere. The ground floor shop has some excellent publications and a range of locally crafted art, jewellery, crafts and gifts.
You can reach the museum by taking the fun trip on the restored Christchurch Tramway. We went by rental car and discovered there was 120-minute free kerb-side parking available close to the museum. What a bonus!
From journal Top Stuff in Christchurch