Entrance to the Canterbury Museum is free but a NZ$5 is a suggested donation and well worth it.
The Moa, an extinct relative of the kiwi is one of the first exhibit you encounter as you enter the museum. Along with Maori and other Daily Canterbury Life exhibits, I learn a lot more than NZ$5 worth about New Zealand.
Fred & Myrtle’s Paua Shell House
1145 shells each one different, New Zealand Flip-Flops and Buzzing Bees are all a part of a unique display at Paua Shell House. Fred and Myrtle's work of art is almost as much a part of New Zealand as the kiwi.
“A bit over the top, but marvelous” comes a review from a local museum visitor.
An Egyptian, Asian and numerous other displays are also part of the museum but my favorite is a display on Antarctica. It inspires me to fulfill my dream to someday visit there.
I leave the museum with sunshine and rain engaged in a battle to rule the rest of the day. I am placing my bet on sunshine to win as I navigate my way to Dux de Lux for lunch.