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Slice of Heaven – 20th century Aotearoa: views from the bridge 2

  • Exploring New Zealand's involvment in World War 1 - 'Wanted Men, More Men'.
  • 'Wanted Men, More Men- New Zealand supports Britain in World War 1.
  • Exploring New Zealand's ties with the Empire.
  • Glory of Empire

Installation of Te Papa’s new history exhibition Slice of Heaven - Twentieth Century Aotearoa  continues - 29 days to go until opening on 2 October 2010… The views from the bridge on Level 5 give a taste of what’s to come and the topics that the exhibition will explore.  Here is something evoking the kiwi backyard which nearly always… Read more »

Fossils uncovered!

Normally fossils are found in the field but in this case Te Papa technicians and I have been rediscovering an early accumulation of fossil reptiles and fish held in Te Papa’s collections that have not been examined for decades. When the Colonial Museum opened in 1865, the Director James Hector, wanted to show New Zealanders… Read more »

Twentieth century history show – the view from the bridge

  • Team members on the bridge, excited to see construction underway.
  • Construction of the first part of the exhibition, including the Passchendaele memorial.
  • A huge mass of wires is installed under the floor.
  • Putting in a huge mass of wires under the floor.

Changes are underway at Te Papa. The build for the new history exhibition Slice of Heaven - Twentieth Century Aotearoa has started. In under one months time, on 2 October 2010, the exhibition will open to the public. The walls around the space have been up for a while but things are now really starting to take shape. Most of… Read more »

Picture Library news – Spiders

  • Laetesia pseudamoena
  • Haplinis fulvolineata
  • Haplinis anomala
  • Parafroneta pilosa

Te Papa’s Natural Environment team have recently been putting a lot of effort into photographing their collection of spiders and putting the images up on Collections Online for you to view. I thought it was time to showcase some of this fantastic imagery. Phil Sirvid, Collection Manager Entomology, said the primary objective for this photography… Read more »

Riki Gooch and the sounds of tapa

Riki Gooch, musician and producer, in the Paperskin exhibition

Music and museum exhibitions haven’t always gone together – all part of the old idea that a museum should be a solemn and silent place. Today, sound compositions in exhibitions are being used as part of the visitor experience. They offer a different way to approach the things on display – one in which the music speaks… Read more »

A farewell to a stylish and generous man

On Tuesday 20 July 2010 Gus Fisher ONZM passed away at the age of 89. While many people today recognise Gus Fisher as one of the country’s most generous and enthusiastic arts patron Gus first rose to national prominence in the world of high fashion. Gus Fisher was the creative force behind one of New… Read more »

Tapa – stunning artworks in Paperskin exhibition

  • Conservator Rangi Warnes shows one of the magnets used to hold the tapa in place.
  • Demonstrating the power of the magnets.
  • Conservator Rangi Warnes shows one of the powerful magnets used to hold the tapa in place.
  • The 5 metre long tapa from Mangaia, in the Cook Islands is hung on the wall.

This Saturday 19 June Te Papa opens it’s new tapa exhibition – Paperskin: the art of tapa. You’ll be able to see a stunning range of more than 40 tapa artworks from throughout the Pacific. Huge awe inspiring masks from Papua New Guinea,  Hawaiian tapa more than two hundred years old, and an incredible 22 metre… Read more »