New quake exhibition to open

CHARLIE GATES
Last updated 12:48 17/12/2012
Railway clock
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ON DISPLAY: The clock face from the former railway station in Moorhouse Ave will be part of the Quake City exhibition.

Christ Church Cathedral spire
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CLOSER LOOK: The top of the Christ Church Cathedral spire will be on show from February 15.
Grand Chancellor Hotel
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TOURIST ATTRACTION: People will be able to view parts of the Grand Chancellor Hotel in a new quake exhibition opening next year.

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A new earthquake exhibition will open in the Re:Start mall in time for the second anniversary of the February 22 quake.

Quake City will open in the former Sony building on February 15.

The exhibition, which will cost $10 for adults, will include objects relating to the quake, such as the top of the Christ Church Cathedral spire, the statue of John Godley, the clock face from the former railway station in Moorhouse Ave and parts of the Hotel Grand Chancellor.

The exhibition will tell the story of the Canterbury earthquakes and aftermath, with images, objects and video interviews with people affected by the quake.

Canterbury Museum director Anthony Wright said the exhibition would provide an attraction for people visiting Christchurch.

''As a city in recovery, the new attraction will provide a point of difference for Christchurch and result in more visitors spending time in the region over the next few years,'' he said.

The opening of the exhibition was timed to coincide with the peak of the tourist season, Christchurch & Canterbury Tourism chief executive Tim Hunter.

''The opening of Quake City will help boost tourism activity in the region. This will also contribute to the region's economic recovery, which is great news,'' he said.

The new attraction is sponsored by The Press, The Earthquake Commission, Fletcher Construction, Placemakers and Warren and Mahoney. The exhibition will run for three years.

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