Superbly captured by award-winning photographer Jane Ussher, and accompanied by lively, approachable text, the taonga speak of the depth and breadth of the collection and honour the generations of staff, volunteers and visitors who have made the Museum the remarkable and much-loved place that it is today.
From the smallest to the largest, from the beautiful to the bizarre, from the tragic to the humorous, from local taonga to those created far, far away, the objects in House of Treasures tell an extraordinary story of natural and human history, and of Canterbury Museum itself.
The 348 page hardback book features a number of images that fold out to twice or four times the width of a page. Each of the 150 objects is accompanied by text written by Museum curators and researchers. A short history of the Museum, by Museum Director Anthony Wright and Curatorial Manager Sarah Murray, introduces the book.