For many of the people who visit New Zealand for the first time, learning about the culture and history of the area is an important part of their experience. One of the best ways to indulge in some local culture and learn new and interesting facts about this beautiful region is through museums. There is a wealth of museums throughout the country but these are some of the most informative and entertaining ones.
- Omaka Aviation Heritage Center in Marlborough includes the largest private collections of aircraft and artifacts from the Great War in the world. The museum has used mannequins to create dramatic displays with two exhibitions including the original “Knights of the Sky” which features a collection of WW1 aircraft and artifacts. In the newly opened “Dangerous Skies” exhibition, visitors can experience some of the stories surrounding World War II. Guided tours are available.
- Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington offers entertainment for the entire family. The exhibitions and events change throughout the year so there is always something new to experience. Current exhibitions include See Unbelievable: Bug Lab and changing exhibitions include precious treasures, science, history, and art collections.
- Canterbury Museum in Christchurch is a part of history itself, having opened its doors on December 2, 1867. Visitors of all ages will enjoy the exhibitions that allow them to explore the rich culture and natural heritage of New Zealand. Learn about the Canterbury earthquakes of 2010 and 2011, learn what it’s like to spend a day in the life of an airplane pilot, or view contemporary Maori art.
The abundance of museums throughout New Zealand makes it easier for visitors to find information and immerse themselves in the rich history of the country . Museums offer a variety of entertainment that appeals to visitors of every age through visual and hands-on exhibitions that will pique their interests and challenge their imaginations.