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  Air Conditioning Work

The Museum is carrying out an upgrade of the air conditioning systems which will improve the airflow and temperature control in the atrium building.

The work is being carried out by building company Watts and Hughes (W&H) who expect to finish the work next April.

What is happening?

W&H are installing new ventilation in the Museum’s atrium building, new air handling ducts on the building roof, and new air handling plant on the ground at the rear and the side of the Museum.

How will it impact my visit?

The work has been planned to minimise disruption to the Museum, visitors and the local residents.

The building will remain open to the public.

Outside work will be done during normal working hours. For a short time a mobile crane will be used to conduct work on the roof and will be working at the front of the Museum.

W&H plans to do some of the interior work at night when the museum is closed, but this is not expected to cause any audible noise outside.

Please note also that while work on the new Archives New Zealand Christchurch building is also continuing at the northern end of the Museum site, which is not a Museum project and is unrelated to the Museum air conditioning works. The Department of Internal Affairs will be in communication separately regarding the Archive if there should there be any potential impact on residents.


If you have any questions or concerns around the Museum air conditioning works, please don’t hesitate to contact the project manager: Warwick Fergusson, (Ph) 021 2285344. Email



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