Canterbury Quakes

The Canterbury earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 have already been acknowledged as some of the most significant events in Canterbury's history. In this exhibition, Canterbury Museum explores the science of these events, the human stories of the earthquakes and looks ahead towards the recovery of our region.

In the foreground is a model of the Timeball Station, Lyttelton, with the actual time ball, on display in the Canterbury Quakes exhibition, behind it.

Canterbury Quakes takes us on a journey to understand the geology of our Canterbury, looking at what is happening in the earth beneath our feet and on the surface of the ground. Explore how what lies beneath us has influenced the impact of the earthquakes in different locations. Take the opportunity to view some of Canterbury's treasures up close and listen to the experiences of Cantabrians on the days of the quakes as well as their stories of the recovery efforts in the weeks and months that followed. And, before you leave, join with us in looking to the future of the Canterbury region.