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The Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, commonly known as the Christchurch Art Gallery, is the public art gallery of the city of Christchurch, New Zealand. It has its own substantial art collection and also presents a programme of New Zealand and international exhibitions. It is funded by Christchurch City Council. The gallery opened on 10 May 2003, replacing the city's previous public art gallery, the Robert McDougall Art Gallery, which had opened in 1932.Work out when and for how long to visit Christchurch Art Gallery (Te Puna o Waiwhetu) and other Christchurch attractions using our handy Christchurch online visit planner.
The Māori elements of the name are explained as follows: Te Puna honours waipuna, the artesian spring beneath the gallery and Waiwhetu refers to one of the tributaries in the immediate vicinity, which flows into the River Avon. Waiwhetu may also be translated as ‘water in which stars are reflected’.
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Christchurch Art Gallery (Te Puna o Waiwhetu) Reviews
It was actually the stunning design of the building that lured us into the Christchurch Art Gallery while our expectations regarding NZ contemporary art had not been too high. Typically snobbish... more »
When I saw the ultra-modern exterior of this building, I knew I had to go inside! Most of the exhibitions were equally avantgarde. "Wheriko--Brilliant" was a collection of familiar objects that... more »
Enjoyed time spent here. Artwork on display was varied & would probably suit most tastes. Well set out & the interactive displays relating to the sections was very good & informative.
Always a great place to spend some time in the city. The ever changing exhibitions are top quality. There is also some fun games and blocks to kill some time under the stairway. Highly recommend a visit and don’t forget to make use of the parking under the building which is very affordable
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