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Open Daily 10am to 5pm

Canterbury Stories

Discover Canterbury's First World War Story



‘Canterbury Stories’ is a part of the Canterbury 100’ collaborative project, a joint venture between some of the leading cultural institutions of Canterbury, to mark the centenary of World War One.

This special exhibition provides a Canterbury-focused insight into World War One through the personal stories of those who experienced it – not only the soldiers and nurses on the front line but also the men, women and children who remained on the ‘Home Front’.

‘Canterbury Stories’ aims to connect Cantabrians with their First World War heritage by allowing them to share their family’s wartime experiences through stories, photographs and objects. At the conclusion of the Centenary commemorations, these stories will be archived to serve as a permanent memorial.

 On display in the Cochrane gallery, Level 1






Caldwell Gallery

Named in honour of one of New Zealand’s most famous World War One airmen, Keith Caldwell, this gallery has a full-scale replica Sopwith Pup biplane as its centrepiece.

Veteran Portrait Project

On Anzac Day 2014, members of the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography started a project to trace and photograph surviving veterans of World War Two.


Follow the journey of a prisoner of war in Europe during World War Two in this interactive exhibition which will engage visitors of all ages.


Open daily from 10am to 5pm (except Christmas Day)
Entry to the Museum is free, donations are appreciated.

45 Harvard Ave, Wigram, Christchurch | 03 343 9532

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  • Memorial Alcove
  • Roll of Honour
  • ATC: 75 Years
  • Canterbury Stories