Quake City is open
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Kia Kaha and keep safe
Quake City tells stories from the Canterbury earthquakes. Hear from those who lived through the quakes and those who came to help.
299 Durham Street North, corner Armagh Street, Christchurch 8013
The exhibition charts the aftermaths of the 4 September 2010 and 22 February 2011 earthquakes, the resilience of Canterbury’s communities and the extraordinary and heroic response of the emergency services, international rescue teams and the thousands of volunteers who pitched in to help.
Visitors will learn about the science behind the quakes and with the help of a hands-on interactive understand the phenomenon of liquefaction – when the ground liquefied and bubbled up in the shaking, burying streets and sinking buildings.
On display are some of the objects which have defined the Canterbury quakes – the fallen spire of ChristChurch Cathedral, a bell from the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament and the clocks from the now-demolished former railway station.
See surprising treasures rescued from the rubble, and images and objects that characterised the clean-up and life for Cantabrians after the quakes.
Quake City is a special exhibition developed and operated by Canterbury Museum.
Children under 15 (accompanied by an adult) Free
Children under 15 (unaccompanied by an adult) $8
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Exhibit Sponsor (Liquefaction Model)