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Arts & Museums
The Dowse has one of the best collections of contemporary textiles, jewelery and ceramics in the country. This, with a constantly changing exhibition programme, ensures it retains its reputation as a premier craft art museum. Contemporary wood, sculpture, glass, photography and ceramics are often on display, and public lectures and demonstrations are regularly held by the museum. The Dowse café here is a perfect complement to every exhibition serving excellent coffee and food.
This splendid little museum, Te Whare Whakaaro o Pito One, is a social history museum focusing on the people in the local area. It tells the story of Petone, its land and the arrival of immigrants to the Lower Hutt valley. For those interested in genealogy there is a 19th century immigration database on line. Trace your ancestors back to the ships that arrived during the 19th century. Special opening hours for groups.
Vibrant colors of Wellington scenes are the trademark of well-known Wellington artist Richard Ponder. A prolific oil painter, many of Richard's prints are for sale in art outlets all around Wellington. For a special viewing of his work take a drive around Wellington's lovely harbor to Eastbourne and visit the artist's studio: Rona Gallery. Various exhibitions by contemporary artists are held throughout the year. You can also explore the gallery's collection of local and national jewelery, textiles and cards which are available for sale. Check website for further details.
Nothing beats the sight, sound or smell of the steam engine and at Silverstream (just north of Lower Hutt) you can indulge the senses and re-live a time when the steam engine ruled the roads. Ride a steam engine, watch the powerful engines in action, marvel at the engineering accomplishments of the early designers and of the work gone in to restoring the engines by present day enthusiasts.
A storehouse of treasures, Pataka is a showcase for established artists in Porirua. Sculpture, art, photography and other visual displays with a distinct Pacific feel are exhibited. The collection reflects the diversity of the people that make up this multicultural city of Porirua. Travel back in time and see the influences of different cultures, from pre-European to the present day, and the impact they have had on this city. Admission is free.
You cannot ignore the role the police play in our communities. They participate in all events whether tragedies or celebrations. The New Zealand Police Museum recognizes that with intriguing exhibitions of historic occasions, such as the protests against apartheid and violence that erupted surrounding the Springbok Tour, the Mount Erebus plane crash, and the early 1913 industrial strikes. Interactive activities for kids complement the fascinating historical data. Guided tours are available. Check website for further details.
As the storehouse of New Zealand's records, the National Archives are a treasure trove of government records and her early history. View the Treaty of Waitangi, access early maps and plans (The archives hold the largest cartographic collection in New Zealand. They store over 300,000 maps, plans and blueprints, artworks and photographs. There is always an exhibition being held on an aspect of New Zealand's history. Delve into the past to get a glimpse of some of the things that made us what we are.
A rich cultural resource lies behind the walls of the National Library and parts of this vast collection can be viewed in one of the regular exhibitions held in the National Library Gallery. Exhibitions the library holds from the heritage collection include books, manuscripts, photographs, drawings, prints, newspapers, maps and excerpts from the oral history tapes, or the music or cartoon archives. The library holds the largest collection of printed Maori material in New Zealand, a family history center for genealogy research and is a major information center for things relating to New Zealand and the Pacific.
The Gallery, an interesting mix of art and history, depicts New Zealand through the eyes of local painters, photographers, sculptors and cartoonists. Exhibitions that change frequently at New Zealand Portrait Gallery are dedicated to telling the stories of New Zealanders, what they have done, where they have come from and why they became the people they were. The gallery does not have a home of its own yet and hence exhibitions are held at various other venues. Contact the Turnbull House office for more details.
This spacious new gallery in the historic Queen's Wharf Building presents a range of arts and craft from amateur and professional artists and craftsmen around the country. The Academy, a non-profit making organization, was established in 1982. It is supported by membership subscriptions and commissions from the sales of exhibited works. The gallery is ideally situated for locals and tourists. Near a number of quality waterfront bars and restaurants makes it an ideal place to start a downtown Sunday. Admission is free.
This fascinating collection of maritime memorabilia will captivate old sea salts and land lubbers alike. Museum of Wellington City & Sea is devoted to Wellington city and her maritime history. Housed over three levels, the museum's displays include paintings, flags, bells, maps, logbooks and model ships and even a replica of a ship's cabin. Amongst the modern holographic effects, special effects, computer games, CD roms, interactive and LCD screens you will find old tales of seafaring and shipwrecks.
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa is a fitting testament to the nation's heritage and storehouse for some of the country's most precious treasures. It celebrates the unique multicultural nature of New Zealand through art, exhibitions and multimedia. Highlights include virtual bungy jumping, a day in the life of a junk shop and the chance to walk through a reconstructed slice of real New Zealand countryside. Come for an afternoon or even spend a week! Check the website to know more.