It’s been a long time since this was updated and we apologise – we’ve missed you too! But we are back now so keep checking in to see the latest in updates, research, and interesting stories that we will continue to share with you.
There have been some pretty big changes of late… The main body of the museum building on Watt Street has been closed to allow for important earthquake strengthening work to be undertaken.
But we still want to share our local stories with the public so we are excited to announce that our temporary home on Ridgway Street is now open. An all new exhibition, Te Matapihi – looking into the Museum, joins the Museum Shop and Gallery in the old Post Office building. Entry is free and there are a range of things to check out including the vintage games table, the taxidermy reading cubby, the Museum Explorer, and much more.
Te Matapihi tells the history of the Museum: Drew’s museum 1895-1928; then the new building in Queens Park 1928-1968; and the extension and addition of the Maori Court 1968-2016.
While the new show is telling our story, we will be preparing the next chapter at the Watt Street site. The builders will be working away upstairs on a major earthquake strengthening project, while the collection staff will be downstairs working on a collection storage refit and upgrade.
Exciting times are ahead! Keep checking back here for updates, as well as the usual articles and features we will continue to share.