The Chapel’s boutique museum tells the story of the Marquette, featuring the three Christchurch Hospital nurses who died when the vessel was torpedoed and sank.

Exhibits associated with those who survived portray the role of nurses during the First World War, as part of the contribution of New Zealand women in arenas of armed conflict. In our archives are eyewitness accounts of these events and the collection of military medals and decorations awarded to nurses is unique. There is also a section about the influenza epidemic in 1918, as well as an interesting display of historical photographs and some nursing ephemera.

Joy Holdsworth played a leading role in establishing the small museum at the chapel.

The museum is now situated in the west vestry and contains a number of exhibits showing various items associated with the history of nursing at Christchurch Hospital including historical photographs, an interesting display of nursing and medical memorabilia and the treasured Acland family bible.  A video is available for viewing giving a nine minute pictorial insight into the Chapels past.

The museum is usually open between 1pm and 3pm on Wednesday, Saturday and Sundays or by arrangement.

We welcome enquiries.

A digital kiosk in the museum provides easy access to archival material.

To see our catalogue online, click the link below

The Nurses’ Memorial Chapel Museum Collection


To view the Nurses’ Memorial Chapel Museum’s Collection Policy, click the link below

Nurses’ Memorial Chapel Museum’s Collection Policy

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