This project is the proposed redevelopment of Canterbury Museum’s Rollerston Avenue site. The redevelopment is needed to protect the Museum’s heritage buildings and the 2.3 million objects in its collection, upgrade visitor facilities and improve the interior of the Museum to create a fit-for-purpose cultural facility.
Key aspects of the redevelopment include:
- an additional entrance or a second Rolleston Avenue entrance, to ease congestion and improve the flow of visitors, and
- a new three-storey building which will include mezzanine floors, multifunctional spaces such as a new lecture theatre and increased space to hold permanent and temporary exhibitions.
The project has an estimated total cost of NZ$205 million, including NZ$175 million for the Museum building, and NZ$30 million to develop new exhibitions.
|Jun 2020||Project Announcement|
The NZ Government committed NZ$25 million in grant funding to the project. The remaining NZ$125 million has been secured from Christchurch City Council, Waimakariri District Council, Hurunui District Council and Selwyn District Council, plus existing Museum fundraising, cash and investments, and earthquake insurance settlements.
|Jun 2020||Canterbury Museum announced the project.|
|Oct 2020||Concept designs released.|
|Dec 2020||Canterbury Museum submitted a resource consent application to Christchurch City Council for its proposed redevelopment.|
|Jul 2021||Christchurch City Council granted resource consent to Canterbury Museum to proceed with its proposed redevelopment.|
|Jul 2022||Canterbury Museum announced a budget increase from $195 million to $205 million|
|Oct 2022||The NZ Government committed NZ$25 million in grant funding to the project, bringing the Museums total secured funding to NZ$150 million. The remaining NZ$125 million has been secured from Christchurch City Council, Waimakariri District Council, Hurunui District Council and Selwyn District Council, plus existing Museum fundraising, cash and investments, and earthquake insurance settlements.|