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Ravenscar House Museum is the stylish new home for Jim and Susan Wakefield's cherished art collection.

The House Museum is a reimagining of the Wakefields' stunning home in the Christchurch coastal suburb of Scarborough, which was damaged beyond repair in the February 2011 earthquake.

Step inside to discover works by well-known and much-loved New Zealand artists, displayed in the tranquil domestic setting of this new Ravenscar House.

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Guided Tours

Discover the fascinating stories behind this unique collection of Kiwi art and explore the stunning building with a special guided tour of Ravenscar House Museum. Our experienced and knowledgeable visitor hosts will guide you through a bespoke art experience in the heart of Christchurch.

Learn the stories behind beautiful artworks by admired New Zealand artists. Hear the amazing story of how Susan and Jim Wakefield created one of the most significant private art collections in Aotearoa and built an extraordinary new home for their artworks before gifting the building to the city.

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Award-winning Architecture

Ravenscar House Museum has won best new cultural building at the World Architecture Festival 2023 in Singapore. The Christchurch house museum, which was designed by architecture practice Patterson Associates Architects for Susan and Jim Wakefield’s Ravenscar Trust, beat international competition to win the prestigious prize.

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Artist Paul Dibble and Susan Wakefield during installation of The Long Horizon sculpture at the original Ravenscar House. Photo: Susan Wakefield Photo Collection.

Remembering artist Paul Dibble

Sad news on the passing of celebrated New Zealand sculptor Paul Dibble. He was an extraordinary artist and a friend of Susan and Jim Wakefield. Ravenscar House Museum has four works by Paul on display. The Long Horizon marks the entrance to the house museum, while The Long Wait sits in the small outdoor pond. Two smaller works by Paul, a bronze triptych and a maquette, are on display in the living room. The works are testament to Paul’s talent and his enduring influence on New Zealand art.

Paul Dibble (1943 – 2023).

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What to see

Highlights from the Ravenscar Trust Collection

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Ravenscar House Book

The story of Susan and Jim Wakefield and Ravenscar House Museum

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Admission charges

Tickets can be purchased at the House Museum