Puke Ariki

Puke Ariki, which opened in 2003, is an combined museum, library and tourist information centre in New Plymouth.

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The Museum has three permanent galleries Taranaki Naturally, Taranaki Life, and Takapou Whāriki. These exhibitions explore Taranaki’s geological, early settler life, and Māori history. There also two temporary galleries for visiting and short term exhibitions.

The Museum is open Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm and 9am to 5pm on weekends.

There is an airbridge that links the Museum and i-Site with the public library. The library is open the same hours as the museum, except for a late night on Wednesday with a 9pm closure.

Puke Ariki is located at 1 Ariki Street, New Plymouth.

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Taranaki Pioneer Village

Taranaki Pioneer Village is an outdoor museum experience representing a Taranaki Village from 1850 to 1950.

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The 10 acre property has over 40 original buildings dating back to 1853. Buildings onsite include the Tariki Railway Station (1903), Opunake Railway Station (1925), Stratford Courthouse (1895), Mangatoki Church (1904), Kaponga Jail (1914), and Pembroke School (circa 1930s).

There are also historic homesteads and many village shops including a bank, barber, bookbinder, butcher, chemist, cobbler, Doctors and dental surgery, drapery, grocery store, hardware store library, post office, and printshop.

There also also agricultural buildings, such as a dairy factory, forge and saddlery, barn, and cow shed.

All the buildings are set up inside with artefacts from pioneer times. The Pioneer Village also has live days where a barber, bookbinder, forge, and printshop operate.

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Library

The Pioneer Village also includes the Stratford Hospital Museum, which was developed after the closure of Stratford Hospital, and is run by a group of retired nurses.

There is a Pioneer Express train, which is based on Barclay shunting engine that would have been used in Stratford in the 1920’s. The train does two circuits of the perimeter of the Village. I recommend doing this first to get a layout of the Village.

During the summer months the Pioneer Village is open daily, during the winter months it is open Wednesday to Sunday. Check their website for current hours.

Taranaki Pioneer Village is located at 3912 Mountain Rd, Stratford.

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Pioneer Express Train and Opunake Railway Station

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Stratford Courthouse

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Kaponga Jail, Cobbler’s shop, and Police Station

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Mangatoki Church

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Pembroke School

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Barber

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New Plymouth Savings Bank

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Stratford Hospital Museum

Gallipoli: The scale of our war

Gallipoli: The scale of our war is an exhibition on at Te Papa focused on the Gallipoli campaign during the First World War.

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The exhibition is told through real-life stories of eight New Zealanders – seven soldiers and one nurse. Each person tells a part of the eight month Gallipoli campaign.

The highlight of the exhibition are the large scale models of the eight featured New Zealanders. The models designed by Weta Workshop are 2.4 times human size. These figures took 24,000 hours to create, and they each weigh between 90kg and 150kg.

There is a short six-part series online, which is explores the behind the scenes process of creating this exhibition.

The exhibition, which cost $8 million to develop, also features other models, dioramas, interactive displays, and artefacts, such as uniforms, weapons, and personal diaries.

Gallipoli: the scale of our war is located on level 2 of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 55 Cable Street, Wellington. Exhibition is open daily 10am – 6pm until April 2019 and is free to visit.

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Brickman: Wonders of the World

Brickman: Wonders of the World is a touring exhibition made entirely from lego® bricks currently on at Auckland War Memorial Museum.

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The exhibition is led by Ryan ‘Brickman’ McNaught, the only LEGO® Certified Professional in the Southern Hemisphere and one of only 14 in the world.

This exhibition first premiered in Brisbane in 2016 and was followed with an Australian tour visiting Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. Over the summer the exhibition was on at Te Papa in Wellington before a three week run in Hamilton earlier this year.

The exhibition features over 50 large-scale Lego monuments including the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Golden Gate Bridge, Taj Mahal, Great Wall of China, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Arc de Triomphe, the Titanic, and many more.

There is plenty of interactive stations where kids (and ‘big kids at heart’) can build their own models to add to the exhibit.

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McNaught and his team spent 4,944 hours and used over two million bricks, weighing five tons to build these amazing LEGO® masterpieces.

There is also a pop-up LEGO® store in the special exhibitions hall foyer.

The exhibition is on for one more week at the Auckland War Memorial Museum before it closes on Sunday, May 13th.

On a side note the Let Me Myself – The Life Story of Anne Frank touring exhibition developed by the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam is also on at the Auckland War Memorial Museum until May 13th.

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STATUE OF LIBERTY – 8,820 pieces; 43 hours to build

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BIG BEN – 18,437 pieces; 94 hours to build

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NOTRE-DAME DE PARIS – 9,532 pieces; 65 hours to build

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ARC DE TRIOMPHE – 30,000 pieces; 170 hours to build

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SINKING TITANIC – 133,900 pieces; 240 hours to build

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GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE – 27,268 pieces; 125 hours to build

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TAJ MAHAL – 55,000 pieces; 128 hours to build

Royal BC Museum

The Royal BC Museum is in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

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The museum, which was founded in 1886, has three permanent galleries – natural history, modern history, and First Nations’ history.

There are over 7 million items in the museum’s collection.

The Royal BC Museum is located at 675 Belleville St, Victoria.

Below are some photos from the First Nations’ exhibit.

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Trekcetera Museum

Trekcetera Museum is a small museum in Alberta, Canada displaying over 300 authentic screen-used costumes, props and set pieces from film and television.

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In 2013, Trekcetera Museum opened in Vulcan, Alberta, Canada. It closed in 2016 and relocated from the Star Trek capital of Canada to Drumheller – the Dinosaur capital.

While there is a strong focus on the Star Trek series, the museum has costumes and props from television series, such as The Carol Burnett Show, The Drew Carey ShowHell on Wheels, Sherlock HolmesThunderbirds and Terra Nova.

There are also items from films including Brokeback MountainCaptain AmericaHarry PotterMagnificent Seven, Men in BlackPirates of the Caribbean, and Titanic.

They also have real pirate treasure from the Atocha to complement their Pirates of the Caribbean display and artifacts from the R.M.S. Titanic and R.M.S. Olympic to complement the Titanic display.

The museum is located at 802 Hwy 9 South, Drumheller.

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Cape from Superman III

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Brokeback Mountain

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The Drew Carey Show

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Dumbledore’s Will, Harry Potter

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Miniature from Titanic

Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology

The Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology is a museum and palaeontology research centre in Alberta, Canada.

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The museum, which was established in 1985, is named after geologist Joseph Burr Tyrrell who accidentally discovered the first dinosaur fossil in the Red Deer River Valley in 1884.

Today the museum has a collection of more than 130,000 fossils.

It is a highly interactive space and visitors should allow at least 2 – 3 hours to visit. A highlight has to be the Dinosaur Hall, which has over 40 dinosaur skeletons.

Visitors can also peer through the glass window to the fossil lab and see palaeontologists at work.

From May 15 to August 31 the museum is open 7 days from 9am to 9pm. From September 1 to May 14 it is open from 10 am to 5pm. Note from October to May the museum is closed on Mondays.

The museum is located 6 km (4 miles) northwest of the township of Drumheller at 1500 North Dinosaur Trail.

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Fossil Lab

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