The stories behind the Museum’s collections and exhibitions, and the work of our curators, scientists and staff.

Online Exhibitions

Bobs Pack Jan5
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Dogs in Antarctica: Tales from the Pack

Meet the canine characters who helped Antarctic heroes like Scott and Shackleton explore the icy continent. From Kid the Courageous to Osman the Great, the dogs who pulled sledges and provided companionship on the great Antarctic expeditions all had tales of their own. 

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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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Sir Ed's Scarf

Sat, 20 Jul 2019

On his 100th birthday, we look back at Sir Edmund Hillary's role in the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition.

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Counting Penguins in Antarctica

Tue, 02 Jul 2019

Penguin expert Kerry Barton explains how scientists use aerial photography to count nesting penguins.

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Well-worn Woollens

Wed, 26 Jun 2019

This pair of long johns has endured more than 100 years of fierce storms and freezing temperatures in Antarctica.

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