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“A must see in Christchurch but very sad”
Review of Quake City

Quake City
Ranked #14 of 257 things to do in Christchurch
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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 burying street and sinking buildings. Quake City charts the aftermaths of the 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. 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.
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum explains the earthquake history of Christchurch which is basically one very 8-10 years since 1890 (not sure why they keep rebuilding!) . Its main focus is the 4 quakes between 2010 and end 2011 the impact of on the people and the city. 7 years on the city is still being rebuilt and there are still a number of unsafe buildings and holes where they used to be.

Thank Martin G
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was overall a pleasant visit to Quake City. It was informative but at the same time heart broken to come across the serious impact of an earthquake towards innocent life and people. However, Quake city is only a small area for exhibits and I personally think that the entrance fee of 20NZ$ per person is slightly on the high side.

Thank travelwithting
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our first visit to Christchurch since the quake so was looking forward to an informative display, recreation, before and after etc etc. This could have been so much better, it looked like a hastily put together revenue gatherer in a temporary building. Now I’m a kiwi so no bias involved here but after visiting several similar attractions all over the world this is extremely underwhelming. I don’t mind paying the $20 entry fee if it helps towards the rebuild of the city but it was all over in 20 minutes or less. Of the hours and hours of live and recorded news footage, there was only one to see which lasted a couple of minutes only. Not to mention the hundreds of cctv cameras but we saw only a few seconds worth, both of these were adjacent to the mini theatre survivor stories bother competing with each other to see who could be heard the loudest! Where was all the before and after photos, or even a “live feed” showing what the various quake damage photos depicted on the walls?
I’m sorry but this whole experience seemed like an afterthought and I hope something gets done to make it better.

Thank blueshark_m4ko
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Having only seen TV footage before it was very moving to hear the stories of some of the people who were actually there and how their lives were affected. Special thanks and good wishes to the lady on the desk for sharing her personal experience. Thanks also to the lady who good us about the display about former speedway star Ivan Mauger, including his legendary gold bike, at the museum.

Thank Bronwen-Steve
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

QuakeCity was a bit of an impulse stop for us on a rainy day. The museum has a good deal of photos and videos, as well as some artefacts saved from the quake. All of the exhibits are very high quality and the staff were friendly and shared some stories with us. I'm not sure I'd return, but it was certainly an informative visit and well worth a trip if you have a couple of hours.

Thank Turtleking
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