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Quake City –Free Entry for Reopening Weekend

Quake City –Free Entry for Reopening Weekend

Canterbury Museum is inviting visitors to view Quake City for free during the special exhibition’s reopening weekend,16 & 17 September.

The newly-relocated exhibition that tells stories from the Canterbury earthquakes, reopens at 299 Durham Street North (corner Armagh Street) two days earlier on 14 September.

The visitor attraction tells stories of heroism, hope and loss from the earthquakes. It explains the science behind the quakes and the phenomenon of liquefaction – when the shaking liquefied the ground and it bubbled up burying streets and sinking buildings.

Quake City charts the aftermaths of the 4 September 2010 and 22 February 2011 earthquakes and the extraordinary response of the emergency services, international rescue teams, the thousands of volunteers who pitched in to help – construction workers, the Student Volunteer Army, the Farmy Army – and the incredible resilience of Canterbury’s communities.

The exhibition includes some of the objects which have defined the Canterbury earthquakes including the spire of ChristChurch Cathedral and the railway station clocks which stopped at 12.51 pm on 22 February 2011. The rebuild section of the exhibition brings the visitor up to date with progress in regenerating the city and the recovery projects underway.

The exhibition, when originally located in Cashel Mall, opened in February 2013. When it closed there in June this year it had welcomed 193,000 visitors. In the year ending 30 June 2017, 21% of visitors were from New Zealand and 79% were from overseas. More than 1,500 school students visited in the year, two thirds from New Zealand.

Quake City, 299 Durham Street North, corner Armagh Street, open 10.00 am to 5.00 pm daily (except Christmas Day) from 14 September. Admission charges normally apply. For prices and more information go to


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