Ravenscar House Museum holds an extraordinary, previously private art collection.
The new building has been gifted to Christchurch by art collectors Susan Wakefield and her late husband Jim.
The art remains in the ownership of the Ravenscar Trust.
Artists in the collection include Colin McCahon, Bill Sutton and Frances Hodgkins.
The treasures were previously in the Wakefield's Christchurch home which suffered irreparable earthquake damage.
They're now displayed in the purpose-designed and built Ravenscar House Museum in the city's Arts precinct.
The story of the art and artefacts is told in in the book - Ravenscar House: A Biography, written by Christchurch journalist and writer Sally Blundell.