Mountfort Gallery

Tweed and taffeta, Wedgewood and willow pattern.Take a step back in time and enjoy the original 1870 gallery that once housed Sir Julius von Haast’s collection of moa skeletons.

Designed by renowned architect Benjamin Mountfort, it is now home to a selection of Canterbury Museum’s extensive costume collection as well as the pride of our decorative arts collection.

Upstairs you will find clothing and textiles chronicling changing fashion from the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries. You will also find medals and accessories relating to Canterbury’s double Victoria Cross winner Henry Nicholas.

Downstairs you will find fine glass, silver, porcelain and jewellery from all over the world. There are novelties such as a coffin-shaped snuff box as well as a spectacular silver centrepiece depicting New Zealand flora and fauna. You can also admire the A.J. White’s stunning inlaid table displayed at the New Zealand International Exhibition held in Christchurch in 1906-7.