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Canterbury Museum has been collecting, researching and caring for taonga (treasures) from Canterbury and around the world for more than 150 years. From moa to motorcycles and paintings to pounamu, this is just a taste of the 2.3 million objects in the collection.

60,000+ items are currently available online. Bookmark us – we’re adding new items regularly!


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