Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities 

Visitors to the University of Canterbury’s Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities can explore history through archaeology in the current feature exhibition, Buried Treasure.

Egyptian Ptolemaic funerary mask, c. 304-30 BCE (JLMC 218.14). Photo credit & copyright University of Canterbury.

Located in the same building as the UC Music and Classics departments, Buried Treasure is designed for all ages to dig into archaeology and rediscover lost civilisations of ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians.

Most of the exhibition’s artefacts came from archaeological sites, carefully removed from the ground, sometimes found in tombs or graves, according to curators Terri Elder and Penny Minchin-Garvin.

“They represent a type of treasure which has an enduring value, not because they are made of precious materials, but because these artefacts hold the key to our past,” Ms Elder says.

Enriching the exhibition are a wide range of ancient Egyptian, Mycenaean and Roman objects, made possible by generous loans from Canterbury Museum, Otago Museum, and the collection of Doug and Anemarie Gold.

“UC is proud of the connection it now has to the site of the original Canterbury College, and is pleased to be able to work alongside the Arts Centre to promote the value of our local archaeological heritage,” Ms Elder says.

  • For schools

Buried Treasure is available as a teaching resource for classes in Term One, 2018.

Plaster cast of Euthydikos kore (JLMC CC14). Photo credit & copyright University of Canterbury.

“Children visiting the museum will have the chance to test their detective skills to solve a range of puzzles included in Buried Treasure. Challenges include finding your way out of the maze of Knossos, piecing together a mosaic, and decoding the clues hidden in the sarcophagus mask.”

The University of Canterbury celebrated the opening of the Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities in May 2017.

The country’s only museum of classical antiquities, the Teece Museum is home to UC’s James Logie Memorial Collection, one of the most significant teaching collections of Greek, Roman, Egyptian and Near Eastern artefacts in the Southern Hemisphere.

Over 9000 visitors made the most of the opening exhibition We Could Be Heroes, which was particularly popular with schools and community groups.

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Location: Chemistry building, accessed from the South Quad, 3 Hereford Street.

Opening hours:
Open to the public Wednesdays to Sundays 11am to 3pm.
Open by appointment Mondays and Tuesdays, 9am to 3pm, for school and group visits.


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