Canterbury Museum has reopened in time for the school holidays, after being closed for more than two-and-a-half months.
It shut its doors on 16 April after questions were raised about its safety following the Canterbury earthquakes.
While the reopened galleries are well above the new building code parts of the museum, including the cafe, will stay closed pending further engineering reviews.
Museum director Anthony Wright says more than 900 people visited on Monday in time for the beginning of the school holidays.
Mr Wright says the reopening signals a major step towards the recovery of the central city and a major boost for the local tourism industry.