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Quake City

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A city rebuilding

Despite having viewed the news footage from the earthquakes that occurred in Christchurch in 2010... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Adelaide, Australia
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Very moving stories

There are lots of information boards to read and lots about earthquakes so this is an informative... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Solihull, United Kingdom
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Quake City tells stories of heroism, hope and loss from the Canterbury earthquakes. This special exhibition from Canterbury Museum explains the science and the phenomenon of liquefaction – when the shaking liquefied the ground and it bubbled up...more
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299 Durham Street North | Corner Armagh Street, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
+64 3-365 8375
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 4 March 2015 via mobile

We thought this would be interesting but it was more than that. An emotional and human side to the quake. Listening to people's experience on the day was moving. Seeing the 'before and after' really gives you a reality check on your surroundings. Seeing the...More

5  Thank Hecklegirth
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 8 August 2014

I took family from overseas to this small museum hoping to share a little of what we have been through. It was quite short and I found it lacking. I think they should have an earthquake simulator. Was told by staff that they chose not...More

4  Thank DonsyT
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Despite having viewed the news footage from the earthquakes that occurred in Christchurch in 2010 and 2011 nothing quite prepared you for the confronting scenes. Such a powerful story of resilience. The city of Christchurch is still a work in progress as places are rebuilt...More

Thank leewayconsulting
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

There are lots of information boards to read and lots about earthquakes so this is an informative place but the most moving part were all the personal accounts. They help you to understand the human side of earthquakes as well as the physical side of...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This museum is quite small but very well done. The information is complete and really interesting. It is shocking and touching to see the videos, pictures and witnesses.

Thank shiraneh
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Have a good overview of Christchurch earthquakes in an interesting way. Friendly staff. Definitely worth a visit.

Thank bethhodgson93
Reviewed 1 week ago

Interactive and educational. For someone who comes from a place without earthquakes this museum really helped me understand the devastation Christchurch endured.

Thank jana_213213
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As a former resident of christchurch 15 years ago, returning for the first time post quake, this was always going to be a place i wanted to visit. I urge all visitors to make the effort. It is not big, can be done in an...More

Thank MarcusBridges
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A 5 rating - I really enjoyed sitting down to the lengthy personal accounts shown inside. This was the main attraction for me. There is some debris on show, and a few other quake points of interest. A 3 rating if you are not into...More

Thank Inthought
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I took my teenage daughter here and really enjoyed it. Very well laid out and really shows the destruction the quake caused. Actually situated in one of the worst hit areas. The video room is particularly moving. You could rush through in 20 minutes or...More

Thank Dave B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

An in-depth view of what happened during and after the powerful earthquake of 2011, with personal accounts. Such tragedy and a great support to get Christchurch up and running again. Definitely worth a visit

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CantMuseum, Manager at Quake City, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for the recommendation. Vicki

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What can I say about Quake City as it was mainly focused on each survivors experience. We were looking forward to going into a room the simulating an earthquake that they did not have. What I found interesting were the display of physical items the...More

Thank Howard E
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31 March 2017|
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Response from Maam3 | Reviewed this property |
There's parking, but it might be a short walk. We didn't' have a car, so it wasn't a concern for us.
4 February 2016|
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Response from kiwi051 | Reviewed this property |
We are coming up to 5 years since the Feb quakes and what a shame you missed going in, especially for $20 (around 9 GBP). This is the closest I hope anyone else would ever get to experience the life changing and... More
11 March 2015|
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Response from kayakbuoy | Reviewed this property |
I don't understand the question I'm afraid!