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Auckland War Memorial Museum

Address: The Domain, Private Bag, Auckland 1
Year of foundation: 1852
Collections: Small collection of artefacts from Antarctica and the sub-Antarctic.

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Canterbury Museum

Address: Rolleston Av., Christchurch 1
Telephone: +64-3-668-379
Fax: +64-3-668-379
Year of foundation: 1867
Collections: The R.H. Stewart Hall of Antarctic Discovery, with its extensive collection of historical artefacts, was opened in 1977 and refurbished in 1994. The Museum also houses the P.J. Skellerup Antarctic Library and carries out a modest programme of Antarctic research on the earth sciences, vertebrate zoology, and the Ross Island historic huts
Publications: Bulletin; Canterbury Museum's Antarctica (1991); Records

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International Antarctic Centre

Contact name: Jessica Hynes
Address: 38 Orchard Road, Christchurch Airport, Christchurch, New Zealand
Telephone: +64-3-357-0519
Fax: +64-3-357-3499
Open to the public? / Opening hours: Daily 9.00-17.30, 365 days a year
Year of foundation: 1992
Activities: Hagglund Ride, NZ Penguin Encounter, Four Seasons of Antarctica Exhibit, Antarctica – The Snow and Ice Experience, 4D Movie Ice Voyage, HD movie Beyond the Frozen Sunset, the Antarctic Gallery

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Kelly Tarlton's SEA LIFE Aquarium

Contact name: Claire Wheeler
Address: 23 Tamaki Drive, Orakei, Auckland, 1071, New Zealand
Telephone: +64-800-446725
Open to the public? / Opening hours: 09.30-17.00 (last entry at 16.00)
Year of foundation: 1985
Collections: Walk through replica of Scott’s Hut Antarctic hut complete with authentic memorabilia. Antarctic Ice Adventure – home to New Zealand’s only colony of Antarctic Penguins.

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Lyttelton Historical Museum

Address: Gladstone Quay, PO Box 91, Lyttelton, Canterbury Province
Telephone: +64-3-328-8972
Year of foundation: 1961
Collections: Displays primarily relating to Scott and Shackleton expeditions, especially the former, including artefacts from the Ross Island historic huts, clothing, sledges, geological specimens, and personal items of expedition members settling in Lyttelton.

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National Museum of the Royal New Zealand Navy | Te Waka Huia o te Taua Moana o Aotearoa

Address: Physical address: 64 King Edward Parade, Devonport, Auckland, 0744, New Zealand
Telephone: +64-9-445-5186
Fax: +64-9-445-5046
Open to the public? / Opening hours: Mon-Sun 10.00-17.00. Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Good Friday.
Year of foundation: 1982
Collections: Exhibition panel relating to the Navy’s role in Antarctica, including information about the work of HMNZS ENDEAVOUR and a model of the ship.

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Southland Museum and Art Gallery Niho O Te Taniwha

Address: 108 Gala Street, Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand
Telephone: +64-3-219-9069
Fax: +64-3-218-3972
Open to the public? / Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 9.00-17.00; Sat-Sun: 10.00-17.00
Year of foundation: 1871
Collections: Major display for the New Zealand sub-Antarctic islands housed in the Roaring Forties Gallery, including audio-visual material and a recreation of historic and natural features on the islands.

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Te Papa Tongarewa [Museum of New Zealand]

[Museum of New Zealand]
Address: Buckle St., PO Box 467, Wellington
Telephone: +64-4-385-9609
Fax: +64-4-385-9174
Year of foundation: 1865 [until 1992, Dominion Museum of New Zealand]
Collections: Natural history collections and displays from sub-Antarctic and Antarctic regions. Assorted artefacts, mostly in storage, from sub-Antarctic islands and Antarctic expeditions. Library
Publications: Tuhinga (1995-) [continues Records of the Dominion Museum and National Museum of New Zealand Records]

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