World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Canterbury Museum (New Zealand)

Article Id: WHEBN0028712279
Reproduction Date:

Title: Canterbury Museum (New Zealand)  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: University of Canterbury, South Island, List of geologists, Christchurch, Stephens Island Wren, List of natural history museums, Adzebill, Great Spotted Kiwi, Henry Ogg Forbes, Upland Moa
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Canterbury Museum (New Zealand)

For other museums of this name, see Canterbury Museum.
Canterbury Museum
Canterbury Museum
General information
Type Museum
Architectural style Gothic Revival
Location Christchurch, New Zealand
Address Rolleston Avenue
Completed 1882
Inaugurated 1870 (first part of building)
Renovated mid 1990s
Design and construction
Architect Benjamin Mountfort

The Canterbury Museum is a museum located in the central city of Christchurch, New Zealand in the city's Cultural Precinct.[1] The museum was established in 1867 with Julius Haast - whose collection formed its core - as its first director.[2] The building is registered as a "Historic Place - Category I " by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust.[3]


The building, a Gothic Revival constructed on a design by Benjamin Mountfort, opened in 1870.[2] Two years after its opening, the single-storey building was expanded with an additional floor in the Victorian Gothic style. The museum continued to grow over the next decade, with an addition built on in 1876 and an interior courtyard roofed in 1882. In 1958, a new wing was added adjacent to Christ's College, and another was built on in 1977. The building was strengthened in the mid-1990s and a four-storey block was added in 1995.

Earthquake impact

The museum sustained minor damage to its façade during the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake, but remains structurally sound. This can perhaps be attributed to the progressive strengthening and renovating of the buildings to earthquake standards between 1987 and 1995.[4] An estimated 95% of the collections were unharmed.[5] The statue of William Rolleston, located at the front of the museum, toppled off its plinth during the quake.[6] The museum reopened on 2 September 2011.[2][5]



External links

  • Assorted Photographs of the Canterbury Museum
  • Canterbury Museum website
  • A History of the Canterbury Museum
  • Christchurch City Libraries' Article on the Canterbury Museum

Coordinates: 43°31′51″S 172°37′38″E / 43.5309°S 172.6271°E / -43.5309; 172.6271

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Hawaii eBook Library are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.