Quake City Free Weekend
The entry fee for special exhibition Quake City will be waived for visitors on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 August.
Quake City takes visitors through the events of the Canterbury earthquakes, from the first shake on 4 September 2010 through to the destruction and rescue efforts of 22 February 2011 and the cleanup and rebuild over subsequent years.
Some of the defining objects of the earthquakes are on display, including the top of the spire of ChristChurch Cathedral as well as items like road cones, water containers and portaloos that were part of many Cantabrians’ lives post-earthquake.
In April 2019, Quake City added a new hands-on model display demonstrating the effects of liquefaction. The model pumps air into a bed of sand, causing it to shift and liquefy much like the ground did during the earthquakes.
Visitors can also harness pedal power to watch a short film at Gap Filler’s cycle-powered cinema, or design new buildings for Christchurch using Lego bricks. There are also scientific explanations for what caused the quakes and why the February seismic event, in particular, was so devastating.
Merchandise in the Quake City gift shop will be discounted by 15% during the free entry weekend.
Supported by Major Sponsor
299 Durham Street North, corner Armagh Street, Christchurch 8013
Open 10.00 am - 5.00 pm seven days, except Christmas