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School Holiday Nights at the Museum: 11,13,18 and 20 July 6.00 - 8.00 pm

Paula the Explorer is on an amazing journey discovering the hidden treasures of Canterbury Museum! Dress up as an explorer and with our special map solve the clues to find out where Paula’s expedition has been and where her next adventure will take her. All correct entries will go in the draw to win a prize. The Museum café will be open for energy-boosting explorer snacks and drinks. Tired explorers will be able to rest in the Visitor Lounge and hear an exciting story of discovery. Bring a torch and if you're under 14 years old, you must bring a parent or caregiver. 11,13,18 and 20 July 6.00 - 8.00 pm.

Terms and conditions at 11,13,18 and 20 July 6.00 - 8.00pm Canterbury Museum on Rolleston Avenue is a mobility accessible space. Free event; donations appreciated.

Lyttelton Redux: 1 July - 23 October 2017

Using sound, painting, photography, and performance, Lyttelton Redux tells the stories of historical figures who helped shape the port town of Lyttelton. Lyttelton locals are reimagined as notable historical and everyday personalities from the port town’s rich past. An original audio visual project by artist Julia Holden.

The Artist (Hannah Beehre) by Julia Holden

Perseverance -Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World: 20 May - 13 August 2017

Explore the artistry of traditional Japanese tattooing, its history and roots in ukiyo-e style of art, and its influence on modern practices. Photography by award-winning photographer and film maker Kip Fulbeck, curated by master tattoo artist and author Takahiro Kitamura and featuring the work of seven internationally-acclaimed Japanese American tattoo artists.

Hakui - Women of Kai Tahu: 9 June - 26 November 2017

Hākui: Women of Kāi Tahu profiles the achievements of 50 women from the perspective of kā uri whakatipu (today’s generation) and shared through taoka (treasured objects), photographs and memories.

Visitors are invited to share memories of the women in their own lives, to step into ‘Aunty’s kitchen’ and to try their hand at plaiting kāwai kete (flax bag handles).

The term hākui is an acknowledgement of respect and a form of address to a female elder. The exhibition celebrates mothers, aunties, taua (grandmothers and female elders), great aunts, great grandmothers and tūpuna wāhine (female ancestors).

Quake City (closing 26 June - reopening end of Aug 17')

As part of the museum (but located in the city centre) you can discover more about the Canterbury earthquakes. 

Quake City, 299 Durham St

Open 10.00 am - 5.00 pm Seven Days, except Christmas.

Head to the Canterbury Museum's website to find out about more great events.

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