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Welcome to The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora.

Dating back to 1877, The Arts Centre has a rich history and an exciting future.

Located in the heart of Ōtautahi Christchurch, The Arts Centre is an Aotearoa New Zealand landmark – home to galleries, museums, cinemas, boutique retailers, artisan eateries and bars, engaging events, stunning venues and much more.

Secret science wordsearch

Monday 30 March - Monday 13 April

Complete our Rutherford's Den wordsearch and find the secret word to go in the draw to win a 'Never Trust an Atom' t-shirt.

Bring Rutherford's Den to life

Monday 30 March - Monday 13 April

Use your creative skills and bring Rutherford's Den lecture theatre and a flock of quirky native birds from Aotearoa New Zealand to life!

Music with Michal: The Arts Centre edition

Saturday 11 April

New Zealand songwriter and performer Michal Bush will excite and delight you and your little ones in the interactive session.


Central to the Soul (2019)

Much more than a Music Film

Much more than a music film by Bill Morris and Arts On Tour NZ


Fantastic Feasts

06 April 2019 - 30 August 2020 Chemistry

Explore food in the ancient world, examining what ancient Greeks and Romans ate, food-divinity connections, and their feasting traditions.


Great Hall Lunchtime Concert Series 2020

Specific Mondays Great Hall

March, April and May concerts have been cancelled. Concerts from June onward are still happening at this stage. We are also exploring options to bring some concerts online, watch this space!

Resourceful skills workshops

Throughout the year Boys’ High

Social enterprise Rekindle creates opportunities for resourcefulness, or making what we need from what we have around us, through a variety of workshops.

Michael Lawrence (piano)

8 June 2020 Great Hall

We are thrilled to have Michael return to the Great Hall stage where he will be performing favourite works by Beethoven, Chopin and Bartók.

New Zealand-made homewares and gifts.

Frances Nation is a store specialising in Aotearoa New Zealand-made homewares and gifts of quality craftsmanship, authenticity and longevity.

Frances Nation

First floor, Boys’ High,

Worcester Boulevard

Open 7 days, 10:00AM - 5:00PM