James Logie Memorial Collection - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

The Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities

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Whether you are a student of Classics, have an interest in ancient cultures, or are just looking for fun things for the family to do in Christchurch, there is something here for everyone.

Where To Find Us

The Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities is located on Level 1 of the UC Arts city building (Old Chemistry) at 3 Hereford Street, in the historic Christchurch Arts Centre. Access to the Museum building is via the door off the south quadrangle. See more information about transport and access to the Art Centre.


  • Open to the public Wednesdays through to Sundays, 11am - 3pm
  • Available by appointment for school and group visits
  • Download the Teece Museum Brochure and map (PDF, 2.1 MB)



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: Open to the public Wednesdays through to Sundays, 11am-3pm
Where: Level 1, UC Arts City Location, The Arts Centre of Christchurch, 3 Hereford Street, Christchurch.

The Teece Museum is also available by appointment for school and group visits.


We Could Be Heroes: Gods & heroes of the ancient Greeks and Romans

The gods and heroes of the Greeks and Romans were powerful, yet they were also complex. The inaugural exhibition at the Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities celebrates the stories of their adventures, disputes, conflicts and love interests. A richly illustrated catalogue has been produced to accompany the exhibition, published by Canterbury University Press. It can be purchased from the Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities.


Power and Profit: The life and coins of Alexander the Great

Alexander the Great had a significant impact on the ancient world. Evidence of his enduring legacy can be seen in the development of a range of coins which were either issued by Alexander himself, or were issued by his descendants and successors. 


Virtue and Adversity: The poetry of Virgil in the DA Kidd Collection

Arts Intern Georgia Jones explores the themes of virtue and adversity in Virgil's famous poems the Aeneid and the Georgics.


From Hieroglyphs to Text Messages: A Short History of Writing

This exhibition draws on artefacts from the James Logie Memorial Collection and the University Library Rare Books Collection, to present a glimpse into the history of writing.


cc21Portraits in Plaster: Casts in the Logie Collection

The plaster casts of Greek and Roman sculpture in the Logie Collection have a rich history. Not only do they provide insight into ancient styles of art, they are also an important feature in the history of the Collection.


cc21Buried Treasure: archaeology and the discovery of lost civilisations

Buried treasure brings to mind treasure maps marked with an X, and hidden hoards of gleaming gold. This online resource is about a very different sort of buried treasure - the kind uncovered by archaeologists. The Buried Treasure resource is particularly suitable for Primary School classes.