Canterbury Provincial Council Buildings Museum

Canterbury Provincial Council Chambers suffered significant damage in the Sept 2010 earthquakes and aftershocks. The buildings are currently closed to the public.

the Council Chamber with timber ceilingCanterbury Provincial Council Buildings (1858 to 1865) were designed by Benjamin Mountfort, Canterbury's leading Gothic Revival architect. Although the style of the buildings looks back to Europe, they also declare their pride of place with the use of local stone and timbers. They sit beside the meandering Avon River, telling the story of Christchurch's early European settlement.

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Interpretation centre

Within the buildings there is now an Interpretation Centre that sets out their history in detail. Through the use of fascinating photographs, historical items, recorded speeches of the day and a video, a rich array of material tells the life story of the buildings.

Read more about the history of these buildings in the Heritage section of our website.