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An Artist's Gift

Tue, 26 Jun 2018

In the late 1960s, Canterbury artist Sydney Lough Thompson gifted his private collection of taonga Māori and Pacific objects to Canterbury Museum. Among these gifts is an exquisitely woven kaitaka (fine flax cloak) with an intricate tāniko border.


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Ancient Beauty

Fri, 08 Jun 2018

Eyeliner was for everyone in Ancient Egypt. Men, women, peasants, pharaohs and even effigies of the gods sported thick black lines around their eyes. The look had practical purposes as well a fashionable one: the dark lines reduced glare from the sun and helped repel flies which carried diseases.

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In Search of Antarctic Dinosaurs

Mon, 26 Mar 2018

Canterbury Museum has loaned a sledge used on Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s British Antarctic Expedition (1910–1913) and other expedition objects to the Field Museum in Chicago for Antarctic Dinosaurs, a major new exhibition that opens in June 2018.

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Great Scott: The Story of a Christchurch Memorial

Fri, 26 Jan 2018

Curatorial Manager Sarah Murray presents the story of the Christchurch memorial to Robert Falcon Scott and the Polar Party who perished on their return journey from the South Pole in 1912.

Online Exhibitions

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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