The museum was established in the 1860s
by Julius von Haast the Canterbury geologist who gathered and traded
keenly sought moa bones & skeletons with the museums world wide making this a
leader of its time. The museum now offers superb presentations relating to life styles of the past.
This has magnificent
relics and displays of early exploration, achievements, equipment
used by- Amundsen, Scott, Shackleton, Hillary and others. The dioramas
exquisitely display amazing animals and we can hear the calls of whales.
A large area
provides us with one
of the best illustrations of pre- European Maori culture, using
excellent dioramas of buildings, food, clothing, tools,
settlement planning, transport and more.
Lets us see
some of the progression of local systems from the old "penny farthing" bicycle. Other
museums in Christchurch cover transport more thoroughly for the enthusiasts.
Section shows us with graphic realism and models the affects of man's impact
on nature including rivers, coasts, soils and air quality etc.
the birds of New Zealand, some rare and others quite
common. See also the world's largest bird ever, the giant Moa
Displays include meteorites, earthquakes, volcanoes, geology,
giant world relief globe, rivers, weather and coasts.
Witness fashion displays, household equipment, photos, and a
reconstructed 1870's inner city street.
exceptional Egyptian mummy and see the x-ray photo of its contents.
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