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Arts & Museums
Built in 1858, this rare example of a pioneer cottage has been painstakingly restored to depict lower-middle class family life in colonial Wellington. The Colonial Cottage Museum is a unique and magnificent example of skilled workmanship and much of the original structure and detail remains, thanks to the hard work and dedication of the Colonial Cottage Museum Society. If you are lucky, you may even get a chance to try your hand at pikelet making on the original coal range, which is still in excellent working order.
Tucked away in the halls of academia (yet just a stone's throw from Wellington's 'golden mile' shopping on Lambton Quay and Wellington's beautiful Botanical gardens) you will find a hidden treasure trove of rocks and things geological. Gain an understanding of the foundations that form New Zealand. Find out why it is they call New Zealand the 'shaky isles'. Fondle rocks to your hearts desire in this lab like museum dedicated to all rock forms. The rock hound amongst you will appreciate it. Admission: Free.
This purpose built gallery is the latest addition to the burgeoning Wellington art lover's scene. Perched above the city in the sprawling Victoria University campus the Gallery is charged with the management of the University's 200 plus collection of New Zealand art works. Keep an eye on the newspapers and event guides for lectures that accompany the changing exhibition programme. The gallery, as befits a University based organization, not only shows wonderful work but aims to advance understanding of modern art and design.
At Pablo's Gallery you will find an eclectic mix of original art at reasonable prices. The range includes paintings, jewelery and ceramics created by those with links to the art studio. The facility is aimed primarily at artists who have used mental health services and there is a range of artistic training on offer. The studio provides a great opportunity for professionals and amateurs alike looking for a breakthrough in the field of art. A great starting place for those looking for something different that will not break the bank.
The National War Memorial and Carillon commemorates the tens of thousands of New Zealanders who have died in wars over the last century. The memorial comprises a Hall of Memories and a carillon of bells that plays regularly over the summer months. Lunch-time recitals may be organized. Under the care of the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, this pride of New Zealand is one that remains very close to the hearts of its citizens and a splendid piece of architecture.
Housed in the Old Stand (built 1924) at the Basin Reserve, once the players dressing room and tearooms, the museum is devoted to charting the development of New Zealand cricket in the last century. The collection chronicles from a time when underarm bowling was standard to present day. View a curved cricket bat dating from 1743 (the only one in the southern hemisphere) or a working cricket ball made out of red cross parcels used by New Zealand prisons of war.
Original New Zealand artworks are available from this well-known dealer gallery. Representing several renowned artists, the Bowen Gallery deal in contemporary New Zealand art. From printmaking to photography, painting to sculpture this gallery, housed in the lower floor of a modern high rise near Cuba Street, offers a diverse range of original New Zealand art. Premises are shared with the Christopher Moore Gallery. A towering bronze feather on the footpath outside the gallery heralds your arrival.
Described as 'more than the institutional memory of a city', the Wellington City Archives contain more than 150 years of Wellington's local authority history. The records date from the 1840s and contain a vast amount of information. Comprising maps, photographs, plans and artifacts, the archives are a treasure trove of information for researchers and anyone else interested in local history. The archives are free to view though there is a small charge for any photocopying or research requests. Archivists are on hand to assist with any research queries.
The Film Centre is the public face of the New Zealand Film Archive. An organisation that is committed to collecting, projecting and preserving New Zealand's film and television history. As such, the small museum, focuses on film as an artistic and cultural medium with experimental films offered frequently as exhibition showpieces. Guided visits and tailored screenings are available for education, community and social groups. Admission is free or by donation.
This small gallery offers specialist framing services and stocks a range of artworks by leading New Zealand artists and printers, many depicting life in and around Wellington. Works are sold either unframed or in frames supplied from the gallery's extensive collection. The gallery also has a good range of reasonably priced historical photographs and maps of Wellington. It has an excellent reputation with corporate clients as well as individuals for providing quality framing services and an impressive array of artworks.
For quality jewelry handcrafted by top New Zealand artists, this small elite gallery is well worth a visit. Prices range from NZD65 for a silver brooch inlaid with amethyst to NZD500 for a similar brooch in gold. There is also a good selection of rings and necklaces, all individually designed and exquisitely made. Check out the array of beautiful glassware, pottery and handcrafted rugs in the gallery next door. Located in the central city, off Willis Street, just a short stroll from Civic Square.
The old and new blend in this small dealer gallery situated in the heart of the commercial district. The reasonably spacious and well lit showrooms make for pleasant lunch time viewings. Specializing in traditional, contemporary and quality New Zealand art as well as antique maps and prints. Exhibitions change every three to four weeks so you need to pop by regularly. Frame-making, restoring and valuing services also offered.