The quirky New Zealand home that is now adorned in Canterbury Museum with more than 1,000 shells

The quirky house adorned with more than 1,000 SHELLS, a loving husband gathered for his wife – and now the home is a museum exhibit

  • Fred and Myrtle's Paua Shell House is on display at the Canterbury Museum in Christchurch
  • Fred collected the iridescent shells for his wife, Myrtle, and they decorated the walls of their house with them
  • The couple became local celebrities and invited people to see their quirky collection

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How much would you pay for your loved one?

For a man in New Zealand, the answer was & # 39; many & # 39 ;. But no money. Actual shells.

Fred Flutey collected beautiful iridescent paua shells from his local beach for his wife, Myrtle, with the collection of the romantic who eventually tops over 1,000. The couple decorated their cozy house with the shells in such a way that it quickly became a local tourist attraction – now it is a museum exhibition.

Fred and Myrtle's Paua Shell House is on display at the Canterbury Museum in Christchurch. Fred collected the iridescent shells for his wife, Myrtle, and they decorated the walls of their house with them

Fred and Myrtle's Paua Shell House is on display at the Canterbury Museum in Christchurch. Fred collected the iridescent shells for his wife, Myrtle, and they decorated the walls of their house with them

On July 4, 2008, the Shell House of Fred and Myrtle opened at Canterbury Museum. The front part of the house was recreated in the museum from the original plans of the house of Flutey's Bluff and of photographs and images of the couple's living room

On July 4, 2008, the Shell House of Fred and Myrtle opened at Canterbury Museum. The front part of the house was recreated in the museum from the original plans of the house of Flutey's Bluff and of photographs and images of the couple's living room

On July 4, 2008, the Shell House of Fred and Myrtle opened at Canterbury Museum. The front part of the house was recreated in the museum from the original plans of the house of Flutey's Bluff and of photographs and images of the couple's living room

In 2007, a few years after the couple passed away, their family agreed to lend the Flutey collection of more than 4,000 objects, including 1,234 paua shells, to the Canterbury Museum.

Fred and Myrtle's Shell House were opened to the public on 4 July 2008.

The front part of the house was recreated in the museum from the original plans of the flautist's house and from photos and images of the couple's living room.

Once inside the bungalow, visitors are greeted by hundreds of shiny paua grenades along the walls and other intriguing original trash cans, from garden ornaments to old photos.

The original items also include the carpet and house number.

The Flutey house was originally located in Bluff, a small fishing village at the foot of the South Island.

They became free the local celebrities with their unusual treasure and welcomed more than a million visitors to their home over the years.

The charismatic couple greeted their visitors personally and told stories about their collection and their passion for paua.

Fred and Myrtle Flutey in their famous paua house in Bluff in September 1998. They became free the local celebrities with their unusual collection and they welcomed more than a million visitors to their home over the years

Fred and Myrtle Flutey in their famous paua house in Bluff in September 1998. They became free the local celebrities with their unusual collection and they welcomed more than a million visitors to their home over the years

Fred and Myrtle Flutey in their famous paua house in Bluff in September 1998. They became free the local celebrities with their unusual collection and they welcomed more than a million visitors to their home over the years

In 2007, a few years after the couple's death, their family agreed to lend the Flutey collection of more than 4,000 objects, including 1,234 paua shells, to the Canterbury Museum.

In 2007, a few years after the couple's death, their family agreed to lend the Flutey collection of more than 4,000 objects, including 1,234 paua shells, to the Canterbury Museum.

In 2007, a few years after the couple's death, their family agreed to lend the Flutey collection of more than 4,000 objects, including 1,234 paua shells, to the Canterbury Museum.

More than 1.45 million people have visited the unusual museum exhibition. Upstairs, the hall of the bungalow

More than 1.45 million people have visited the unusual museum exhibition. Upstairs, the hall of the bungalow

More than 1.45 million people have visited the unusual museum exhibition. Upstairs, the hall of the bungalow

Museum director Anthony Wright says museum visitors are still surprised and happy by Fred and Myrtle's Paua Shell House and often & # 39; laughing out loud & # 39; during the accompanying short film.

He added: "Since we opened Fred and Myrtle's Paua Shell House eight years ago, it has become a favorite part of the museum, allowing generations of visitors to enjoy a piece of Kiwi life." # 39;

So far more than 1.45 million people have visited the unusual museum exhibition.

In addition to the paua shells and other ornaments from the living room, the original items from the Bluff house include the carpet, garden ornaments and the house number

In addition to the paua shells and other ornaments from the living room, the original items from the Bluff house include the carpet, garden ornaments and the house number

In addition to the paua shells and other ornaments from the living room, the original items from the Bluff house include the carpet, garden ornaments and the house number

Museum director Anthony Wright says that museum visitors are still surprised and delighted with Fred and Myrtle's Paua Shell House

Museum director Anthony Wright says that museum visitors are still surprised and delighted with Fred and Myrtle's Paua Shell House

Museum director Anthony Wright says that museum visitors are still surprised and delighted with Fred and Myrtle's Paua Shell House

Wright says: & # 39; Since we opened Fred and Myrtle's house Paua Shell House eight years ago, it has become a favorite part of the museum, allowing generations of visitors to enjoy a piece of Kiwi life & # 39;

Wright says: & # 39; Since we opened Fred and Myrtle's house Paua Shell House eight years ago, it has become a favorite part of the museum, allowing generations of visitors to enjoy a piece of Kiwi life & # 39;

Wright says: & # 39; Since we opened Fred and Myrtle's house Paua Shell House eight years ago, it has become a favorite part of the museum, allowing generations of visitors to enjoy a piece of Kiwi life & # 39;

The house of the Fluity was at the bottom of the South Island. They enjoyed sharing their stories and passion for paua

The house of the Fluity was at the bottom of the South Island. They enjoyed sharing their stories and passion for paua

The house of the Fluity was at the bottom of the South Island. They enjoyed sharing their stories and passion for paua

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