Canterbury Museum is a window into the wonders of New Zealand and has been operating and collecting treasures for over 130 years. From moa to Antarctic penguins and bizarre artefacts we have something to keep all ages interested.
Discovery - Especially for the Kids!
Discovery is our natural history centre for children and inquiring minds of all ages, bursting with weird and wonderful things to explore. Dig for fossils, watch the live tarantulas, gaze at the wall of preserved specimens, look through the drawers of pinned insects and learn all about our amazing world and the creatures that share it. Discovery memberships are available with birthday party options. Also check out our school holiday programmes.
Take a free guided tour around Canterbury Museum
Staff will be happy to answer your questions and provide you with interesting information about the collections and exhibitions. Tours depart daily from the Museum foyer at 11.00 am and 2.00 pm. To join a tour, go to the Museum foyer at least 5 to 10 minutes before the start time, or register online.
Activity Age Information: Ideal for 3 -13 years.
Prices: Entry to the Museum is free; donations are appreciated.
Entry to Discovery is $2.00 per person (under three years free).
If you and your family are regular visitors to Discovery, join the Museum Explorer Club.
Museum Explorer Club
Free entry to Discovery and 10% discount at the Museum Cafe when your family joins the Museum Explorer Club. To join, download an application form here. For just $20 a year, your family can enjoy free entry to Discovery for up to two adults (parents or caregivers) and up to four children (must be from the same family). That's a huge saving each year if you are a regular visitor to Discovery.
On top of that you also get a number of other benefits:
- Your very own membership card
- 10% discount at the Museum Cafe
- The opportunity to have your birthday party at Discovery
- Events at the Museum exclusive to Explorer Club members, including sneak previews of exhibitions and events.
Download a membership application form and join now!