Canterbury Museum

Planning a Visit


To make the visit enjoyable, worthwhile and stress free, please endeavour to make bookings three weeks in advance, even if the group only wants to browse the galleries or Discovery. The Museum can better meet the needs of your group if staff know your arrival time and length of visit.

Online Booking Enquiry
Download the Risk Assessment Form

A confirmation of booking and additional information will be sent by fax or email.

Transportation costs to and from the Museum are the group's responsibility.

Arriving at the Museum

  • If the weather is fine, please wait outside the Museum, clear of the entrance, while the group leader checks in at the Information Desk.
  • If the weather is cold or wet, please wait quietly in the foyer, clear of public thoroughfares.
  • For groups wanting to deliver their own programme, please check in at the Information Desk, then quickly and quietly proceed to the preferred gallery, avoiding congestion in the foyer. Please ensure that students remain in the areas booked.
  • For everyone's enjoyment, please ensure that students are considerate towards other groups and the general public visiting the Museum.

Timing it right!

Education programmes are available any time between 9.00am and 4.00pm, Monday to Friday. Museum visits outside these hours are negotiable.


A koha is appreciated for all programmes, typically $2 per person. This can be given to the Education Communicator and a receipt can be sent to the school's accounts department.

If the programme involves visiting Discovery, the entry fee is $2 per person, with one adult admitted free for every 10 paying students. Payment can be made on the day at the Discovery reception, either by cash or cheque (cheques are payable to Canterbury Museum). Alternatively, an invoice can be sent to your school/organisation.

Because the Museum is a non-profit organisation, English Language schools and commercial organisations visiting the Museum are encouraged to pay $5 per person (which includes entry to Discovery), with one adult admitted free for every 10 paying students.

Bags and coats

Canterbury Museum has limited storage space so please do not bring bags unless it is absolutely necessary. If you have bags please notify the Information Desk staff and they will provide an area in which the bags can be stored until your departure.

Eating in the Museum

Please help Canterbury Museum to protect our taonga/treasures by not eating or drinking in the Museum. Unfortunately there is no area in the Museum where groups can eat their own food. Only food and drink purchased in the Museum Cafe may be consumed there.

Education e-update

If you would like to receive the Museum's Education e-update newsletter and keep informed about our education programmes, please email