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Online Exhibitions

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Canterbury and World War One: Lives Lost, Lives Changed

Explore the stories of Cantabrians who fought in World War One and those who stayed behind. Stories, historic photographs and images of notable objects relate the experiences of Cantabrians during the War. 18,000 New Zealand lives were lost during World War One and the lives of those who survived were changed forever by the conflict.

This online exhibition is representative of Canterbury and World War One: Lives Lost Lives Changed, a temporary exhibition at Canterbury Museum from 30 November 2017 to 11 November 2018.

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Selling the Dream

Selling the Dream is a collection of world-class tourism posters promoting New Zealand’s unique attractions in an age before television and the Internet. Created by some of the country’s finest commercial artists, the themes promoted through the posters reveal New Zealand’s developing national identity in the early twentieth century.

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Yellow Kakapo
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Canterbury Museum's rare yellow Kākāpō

Wed, 12 Dec 2018

Kākāpō plumage is predominantly green, mottled with yellow and brownish grey. But one specimen in Canterbury Museum's collection is bright yellow all over thanks to a rare genetic mutation.

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Bringing Antarctica to South Korea

Fri, 30 Nov 2018

Hand-carved chess pieces used by stranded Antarctic explorers are among objects from the heroic era of Antarctic exploration Canterbury Museum has loaned to a museum in South Korea.

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Delicate antiquities

Fri, 07 Dec 2018

Canterbury Museum has nearly 150 glass vessels of Classical origin. Many were excavated in the nineteenth century from tombs and ancient cities in Cyprus and Lebanon.

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