Hundreds visit reopened museum

FRANCESCA LEE
Last updated 05:00 03/07/2012
Mike Lee
DAVID HALLETT/Fairfax NZ

HISTORIC LOOK: Christchurch resident Mike Lee at the reopening of the Canterbury Museum on July 2.

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Canterbury Museum is open again just in time for the school holidays, after being closed for engineering assessment since April.

Museum director Anthony Wright said about 380 people came through the doors between 9am and noon yesterday.

"For a cold Monday morning, it's very hard [to get that many people].

"The first day of the school holidays is the perfect time to open this facility."

The Mountfort Gallery, the Maori Galleries, the Early European Settlement, the Victorian Museum Room, Christchurch Street and the Canterbury earthquakes exhibition are open.

Other galleries and the cafe remain closed.

"It's great that it's open," said Michelle Wilson, of Papanui, who took daughters, Ruby, 9, and Abigail, 5, to the museum yesterday.

"We have been talking about it and hoping it would reopen for the school holidays."

Ruby said her favourite exhibit was the Maori galleries. Abigail enjoyed riding the life-sized model horse.

Regular visitor Michele Pascoe was also at the museum with her children.

"The museum's sort of been part of our life and in this broken city it's nice to have it open. It makes things feel a bit more normal," she said.

Wright was confident the rest of the museum would open in August after assessments were completed.

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