Rutherford's Den heritage space is currently closed. However, the work of the Den continues!

Our LEOTC education programme is running and our teachers welcome enquiries about bringing the Rutherford story to your school. 

Bookings now being taken.

Feel free to contact us about our ongoing work, and find out how you can make donations to Rutherford's Den.


How You Can Help Us

Be part of the first attraction to reopen in the Arts Centre as the heritage complex comes back to life!

To donate towards the Den redevelopment email and we will contact you about your donation.


  • For Schools:  After the earthquakes


    Introduce your class to a Kiwi genius and discover why this great New Zealander is known as the father of Nuclear Science. School Outreach visits are supported by the Ministry of Education's Learning Experiences Outside the Classroom (LEOTC) programme.

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  • Support the Den


    Rutherford’s Den is a charitable organisation with tax exemption status.

    Information Line
    Phone (03) 363 2836
    Fax (03) 379 7576

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  • Rebuilding the Arts Centre and The Den


    See the Arts Centre plans for The Den space and the rest of the Arts Centre complex.

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  • Visit the Den


    Rutherford’s Den is multi-media exhibition space and education centre housed in the very rooms where Nobel Prize winner Ernest Rutherford studied, attended lectures and undertook his earliest experiments at Canterbury College – now the Arts Centre of Christchurch

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