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Mittens’ Expawsé

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Wellington Museum is purr-oud to present: Mittens Expawsé: Q&A with Mittens’ guardian Silvio Bruinsma


During the Wellington Museum Pet Project Workshop, Silvio gave us the scoop on the capital’s coolest cat. Thank you to all the wonderful Mittens fans who made the event so special.


We aren’t kitten around – you can watch it here right meow!

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Remembering the 81′ Springbok Tour

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40 years on, we look back and talk to two Wellington residents who remember those turbulent times. Read more.

Herstorical Moments

Herstorical Moments

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In April the National Council of Women of New Zealand (NCWNZ) celebrated their 124th birthday. We at Wellington Museum were going to celebrate this momentous occasion with NCWNZ Wellington Branch. Sadly, lockdown meant that this couldn’t happen in person, so we’ve had to get creative to mark the occasion. Introducing Herstorical Moments. A series of five short films where 25 women from diverse communities in Wellington tell us what women’s suffrage means to them in today’s world. Watch them here.
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Te Curio Cabinet

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Sharing stories from the region we call home, Te Curio Cabinet is the official  blog of Museums Wellington. From historical tidbits to think pieces and behind the scenes looks across our museums, like the best curio cabinets you never know what you are going to find.  

Browse our blog here.

Covid Colab record

Covid Colab

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Wellington Museum’s Programmes Developer, Benjamin James was inspired to fill the quiet of the nation-wide lockdown with an ambitiously collaborative album.

During Alert Levels 4 and 3, Benjamin reached out to Poneke-based musicians with simple guidelines to start the musical chain of events. They each created a track which was then passed on to different musicians tasked with developing it further. Each song evolved until every track featured five artists. 37 musicians contributed to the album in total, including members from iconic bands such Orchestra of SpheresDawn DiverTrinity RootsThe Phoenix Foundation, Motte, and French for Rabbits to name a few. The results boast a gender-balanced, seven-track LP teeming with local talent.

Funded by Wellington Museum, Covid Colab is available to purchase online and at your favourite Wellington music store and venue from today.

100% of proceeds will stay with the local stores and venues that have fiercely supported the capital’s music scene over the years. Press play and pay it forward to New Zealand’s music community with this epic little nugget of New Zealand music history.

Purchase online here.

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Museums Wellington TV

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On the Museums Wellington’s YouTube channel, discover videos from our four world-class experiences. No matter where you are in the world, watching our channel will bring the sites to you.

What’s up in Space

What’s up in Space

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Enjoy the night sky each week, as we give you the latest on stargazing here.

Telling Tales

Telling Tales

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We love Wellington and its history, so we’re Telling Tales online. Our staff have been sharing stories from their lockdown bubbles all over Wellington. Watch them here.
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Learning in your Living Room

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Here at Wellington Museum, we think it is super important to keep young minds active and their creativity flowing. Being at home can be a super fun opportunity to learn in new and exciting ways! We are creating activities that encourage tamariki to think deeper about special taonga in their kāinga! Keep your eyes peeled for our fun activities, which will be released weekly.

Our first activity is all about exploring what taonga connects them to their kāinga! Download here.

Our second activity is available for download here.

Download our third activity here.

Find our fourth activity here.

Download our fifth activity here.

Our sixth and finaly activity in our community/hapori series is available for download here.

We would love to see the fantastic work of your tamariki, so send us a picture or two to us at museumeducation@experiencewellington.org.nz 

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