Southland Museum & Art Gallery
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Southland Museum & Art Gallery information
Lonely Planet review
The art gallery hosts visiting exhibitions from contemporary Maori and local artists and occasional international shows. If you’re headed for Stewart Island, visit the museum’s ‘Beyond the Roaring Forties’ exhibition.
The museum’s rock stars are undoubtedly the tuatara, NZ’s unique lizardlike reptiles, unchanged for 220 million years. If the slow-moving 100-years-old-and-counting patriarch Henry is any example, they’re not planning to do much for the next 220 million years either.
You’ll find Henry and his reptilian mates in the tuatara enclosure. Feeding time is 4pm on Fridays, and outside opening hours, there are viewing windows at the rear of the pyramid.