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Canterbury Museum reveals dramatic $195m revamp designs

The new proposed atrium space will feature a blue whale skeleton suspended from the ceiling.

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The new proposed atrium space will feature a blue whale skeleton suspended from the ceiling.

A $195 million, five-year redevelopment of the Canterbury Museum would see a soaring blue whale skeleton and two whare in a dramatic new welcome space.

The museum has released bold new designs for the central Christchurch attraction ahead of a planned resource consent application next month. The project needs another $70m.

The complete revamp of the ailing building on Rolleston Ave would include demolishing large parts of the museum built from the 1950s to the 1990s.

Canterbury Museum’s reception/foyer space as it looks currently.

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Canterbury Museum’s reception/foyer space as it looks currently.

The 19th century heritage buildings would be retained and restored, along with part of the 1970s wing overlooking the Botanic Gardens and part of the 1950s building on Rolleston Ave.

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