Urban artists have taken over Canterbury Museum! With the Museum’s redevelopment not far away, most of the complex is empty and we’ve handed it over to urban artists from Aotearoa New Zealand and overseas to use as their canvas. 

They’ve created a pathway of art across five floors and over 35 spaces, including storerooms, offices and other parts of the Museum that are normally off-limits. Their artworks, which range from traditional graffiti to murals, paste-ups, projections and more, are inspired by the Museum and the taonga (treasures) it cares for.

Don’t miss this opportunity to farewell your Museum and explore a once-in-a-lifetime art experience!

Tickets are also available on the door, but priority will be given to those who have pre-purchased tickets online if capacity is reached. The journey through SHIFT takes between an hour and a half and two hours. 

SHIFT: Urban Art Takeover is a paid-for experience with all proceeds going towards the Museum’s redevelopment. Purchase your tickets below or over on Humanitix and help us SHIFT.

Mobility Assistance

SHIFT goes through a number of areas which haven't previously been accessible to the public and covers five floors of the Museum using the stairs. 

A route which covers almost all of the exhibition is available if you require mobility assistance. Please go to the Mobility Assistance Point at the ticketing desk when you arrive at the Museum for details. 

The Museum lift will only be available to people who require mobility assistance. 


If you are feeling unwell or have COVID-19 symptoms – temperature, dry cough, difficulty breathing – please do not visit. Ticket refunds are available up to 24 hours before your visit; you can always rebook.

Gift Tickets

Give the gift of SHIFT to your friends and whānau (family). Gift tickets are not time limited, but to buy one you’ll need to select a session, and then choose Gift Ticket when selecting your ticket. You’ll be emailed the tickets which you can then forward to the intended recipient, or print out to gift in person.

Ticket Prices

Adult: $25.00

Seniors: $20.00

Community Card/Students: $15.00

Children (5 to 15 years): $10.00

Family Pass (2 adults, 3 children): $70.00

Small Family Pass (1 adult, 2 children): $40

Gift Ticket: $25.00