There are some new and exciting exhibitions with collection items from Te Papa out there.
Until 22 May 2011 you can explore The art of science at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery here in Wellington. The exhibition captures the connections between artists and scientists, and between science and art. You can see two of our collection items on display, the beautiful Mineralogical reference set from 1857 and a Petrological Microscope from circa 1920.
The Mineralogical set was used by nineteenth-century scientist James Hector to identify geological samples collected during fieldwork. Hector was immensely influential, responsible for many scientific organisations, including what became the Royal Society of New Zealand. For this work Hector received national and international awards, including a knighthood in 1887.