8/11/2022: We’re preparing for a major redevelopment of our buildings – an exciting but daunting time! In-person access to the collection will be unavailable until May 2023 and will be somewhat limited until we reopen the new Museum. With many of our staff busy moving the collection offsite, we may not be able to accommodate your group. Please contact us for further information, and see the redevelopment section of our website for a list service changes.
We are working on an exciting teaching programme for 2023 and will provide details as soon as we can.
Canterbury Museum holds 2.3 million items that cover Antarctic expeditions, Canterbury settlement, ethnology and natural history collections, including geological and zoological specimens.
Access to this rich and vast collection, together with access to curatorial knowledge make Canterbury Museum a valuable and inspiring resource for students.
Our curators have a wide range of expertise across a large array of disciplines such as vertebrate and invertebrate zoology, botany, Canterbury History (both Māori and European), ethnology, archaeology, design, textiles, and Antarctic History.
Please contact our Educators on +64 3 366 9429 ext 804 to discuss a visit to the Museum with your group.