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POP gets ready to pop!

Custom Components welding our promotional stand. © Open Lab

The past week has been an exciting week for Warhol: POP – Open Lab’s collaboration with Te Papa in response to Warhol: Immortal. Tickets have gone on sale, the Facebook page has launched, and our hype video has been released! We’ve been busy finalising our designs for promoting the event and building the components for… Read more »

Designing POP: The Warhol Factory experience in the 21st Century

Glowing balloons create an interactive space before people step into the elevators. © Open Lab

A group of eight students from MasseyUniversity in Wellington have this amazing opportunity to work with Te Papa and Open Lab, to deliver a youth focused event which responds to the Warhol: Immortal exhibition. Open Lab is a design studio within Massey University. Open Lab is a collaborative environment and practice, where specialist and emergent… Read more »

Te Aka Matua Reading Room opens

Te Aka Matua Reading Room Photographer: Norm Heke © Te Papa

The Te Aka Matua Reading Room was blessed and reopened in its stunning new space on Te Papa’s Level 4 mezzanine on the 28th June. It  is a welcoming, comfortable area to work in, it contains the non-science rare book collections, museology books, Carter Collection and many other resources.   The Reading Room also holds a special and unique… Read more »

Phar Lap’s DNA

Te Papa Conservator Robert Clendon removes Phar Lap’s skull from the rest of the skeleton, before extracting one of the incisor teeth. Photo Jean-Claude Stahl. © Te Papa.

Earlier this year, Te Papa received a request from scientists in Australia for a tooth sample from legendary race horse Phar Lap. The scientists are hoping to extract DNA from the tooth.  Then they will be able to compare Phar Lap’s DNA with other horses. Press release from the scientists attempting to obtain Phar Lap’s… Read more »

Community art projects

Victory Primary School in Nelson Whakatū has put together an Art Trail which features Rerekētanga Diversity, an art work created in collaboration with Te Papa. Rerekētanga Diversity represents the cultural diversity of the Victory Community as well as the multiculturalism of New Zealand as a whole. Back in 2010, two Discovery Centre Hosts travelled down… Read more »

Crazy about kākā? We have the website for you!

  • Kakapo. Adult male (Sirocco). Maud Island, 2007. Image © Dylan van Winkel by Dylan van Winkel
  • Spotted shag Philip Griffin
  • North Island saddleback Philip Griffin
  • Male bellbird Peter Reese

Are you crazy about kākā? Smitten by stitchbirds? Wild about weka? NZ Birds Online is the website for you! Created in collaboration between Te Papa, DOC and OSNZ, NZ Birds Online is an online encyclopaedia of birds packed full of stunning pictures, detailed information and beautiful bird calls. Take a look at some of the… Read more »

Art Detective – an investigation into art

Art under investigation. Photographer: Kim Gustavsson © Te Papa

The Art Detective is a new family trail project, which has been running as a trial since Te Papa’s re-developed art galleries Ngā Toi | Arts Te Papa (Level 5) opened during Easter this year. The Art Detective is aimed at 7-11 year olds and their various detective partners (parents, siblings, carers). It takes you… Read more »

Warhol: Immortal Pop Up Pop Art!

The ‘Pop Up Pop Art’ event celebrated the launch of the visiting Andy Warhol exhibition, Warhol: Immortal, opening tomorrow at Te Papa. Photos from Flickr Warhol: Immortal, a set on Flickr. This community art project was devised to create excitement around Warhol: Immortal, and celebrate the life and work of Andy Warhol. The initiative was… Read more »

Mirek Smisek (1925–2013)

It is with sadness that we farewell the distinguished New Zealand potter Mirek Smisek, who passed away last week. Mirek’s life was dedicated to his craft. He began working with clay in Sydney, after having left his devastated homeland, Czechoslovakia, at the end of World War II. Mirek consolidated his passion for pottery when he moved to… Read more »