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Te Whai Wāhi ki te Rangahau Research Access 

The Museum has started a major redevelopment at our Rolleston Avenue site. It's a very exciting project, but also a complex and daunting one. Just about everyone in the Museum is dedicated to the task of packing and moving the collections and exhibits. This means that we can't currently offer our usual range of services.

Canterbury potters view ceramics from the collection.

Canterbury Potters Assn


We will respond to public enquiries as soon as possible. However if we need to physically access the collection to answer your enquiry, we will not be able to do this until the end of August 2023.

Research Access

In-person research access to the collection will be unavailable until we complete the move out into temporary storage and offices. We hope to resume some research access from the end of August 2023 via monthly, bookable research sessions. We will update this section of the website in early August 2023.

Taonga Māori Access

We will not be able to provide access to taonga or loans until the end of August 2023. After this there may still be limitations as some of the collection may not be immediately accessible. The Museum will continue to assess found taonga Māori (taonga tūturu). See here for more details of what to do if you find taonga tūturu.