James Logie Memorial Collection - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

The Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities

Featuring the James Logie Memorial Collection

Come and explore the Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities, where you can see more than two and a half thousand years of human history through the amazing Logie Collection of artefacts from Greek, Roman, Egyptian and Near Eastern cultures. The Logie Collection is one the University of Canterbury's great treasures, and contains some of the finest classical antiquities in New Zealand.

The Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities is open on Level 1 of the UC Arts City Location (the old Chemistry Building) at 3 Hereford Street, in the historic Christchurch Arts Centre.

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Beyond the Grave: death in ancient times

Despite the distance of time, it is possible to catch a glimpse of what death meant for ordinary Greeks and Romans through the artefacts they left behind. ‘Beyond the Grave’ includes poignant inscriptions on tombstones, dramatic scenes in plays, carefully sculpted memorials, and detailed images of funeral rites painted on vases. All these point to the fact that in ancient times, as now, how we approach the subject of death can reveal a great deal about what each of our cultures values most about life.

When: Opens 5 May 2018, open to the public Wednesdays through to Sundays, 11am-3pm
Where: Level 1, UC Arts Location, The Arts Centre of Christchurch, 3 Hereford Street, Christchurch.

The Teece Museum is also available by appointment Mondays and Tuesdays, 9am-3pm, for school and group visits.



Looking for a free family activity these summer holidays? Come and try the Forget Me Not Memorials Trail – a special scavenger hunt for families to enjoy together. Collect the trail activity booklet and go on a hunt around the historic Christchurch arts precinct, looking for memorials that celebrate the achievements of special New Zealanders (and a few ancient Romans for good measure!).

The trail will take you on a journey into the past along Worcester Boulevard and around the Arts Centre, but don’t worry – it’s a trip you will be able to do on two feet! Tackle the challenge and go into the draw to win a great family prize pack, including gifts from the Teece Museum, Rutherford’s Den, Canterbury Museum and the Christchurch Art Gallery.

Proudly presented by the University of Canterbury Teece Museum in association with the Arts Centre of Christchurch, Canterbury Museum and the Christchurch Art Gallery.

When: Available from participating venues 5 January – 3 February 2019. Competition closes 3 Feb 2019.
Where: Collect your activity booklet from the Teece Museum (3 Hereford Street), Rutherford’s Den in the Arts Centre, Canterbury Museum, or Christchurch Art Gallery

Find more information on the Teece Museum Facebook event page.

FMN trail




Food is an integral part of the way in which we express our cultural values and beliefs. Alongside language, almost nothing says 'This is who we are' quite like our festive dishes and food traditions. A consideration of the foods and the traditions we have inherited from the ancient Greeks and Romans is at the heart of the next exhibition at the Teece Museum.

Through an array of precious artefacts this exhibition will explore eating in the ancient world, examining what the Greeks and Romans ate, how they produced and distributed food, the feasting and dining traditions they developed to bring their communities together, and the connections they believed existed between their food sources and the gods.

When: Open 6 April 2019 to 23 February 2020
Where: Teece Museum, UC Arts city location, 3 Hereford Street.

Find more information on the Teece Museum Facebook page.