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Tui and Tama’s Christmas Workshop!

Join Tui and Tama for some fabulous, free Christmas fun! Drop in any time during opening hours 19th-23rd December, for free craft activities, our fabulous Vintage Toy display and to drop off donations for The Salvation Army and New Lives Animal...

Tui and Tama get Techy!

Te Awamutu Museum is virtually coming to life thanks to new technology on offer just in time for the school holidays. Children visiting the Museum from September 24 will be the first to use the app PingX. The smart device app aims to make the museum even more fun to visit through two virtual characters, Tui and Tama. PingX is available for free download on the App Store or Google Play. The Museum does have two smart devices available for free use but use may be limited during peak visitor times. The first 50 children who use the app and tour the galleries will receive a fantastic boredom buster pack from Tui and Tama! Saturdays 10am-2pm Weekdays 10am-4pm Beginning 10am 24th...

Somme Centenary Commemoration

In conjunction with the Te Awamutu and Districts RSA, the Te Awamutu Museum is hosting a commemorative service for the Battle of the Somme. 100 years ago on September 15th, the New Zealand Division entered the battlefield of the Somme. Join members of the RSA to commemorate the sacrifice of those New Zealand men who still lie in France. 1.00pm Saturday 17th September Te Awamutu...

Museum Education on Display

Te Awamutu Museum has been taking a creative approach to heritage education and exhibitions over the last few months! One of our temporary spaces, the Front Porch, is designated to be a community space and we were starting to run short on ideas to display on it. It is a crucial space as we want the community to recognise the whole museum as their own, especially this space. It is also the first exhibition space you see when you enter the building. Our educator, Tereora Crane, mooted the idea that schools be given the opportunity to create their own exhibitions for this space, using an education programme as the basis for the topic. This idea has taken off and we have had two local primary schools create exhibitions for this space. The first, Kihikihi School, created an exhibition about their learnings on the topic of the 28th Maori Battalion. They created three text panels, plus a video. The two classes and their families were invited to an opening event at the Museum, which was attended by 85 of the local community, including the local Mayor and representatives from the RSA. The second school is Paterangi School, whose topic is Legendary Explorers. They learnt about different explorers and navigators and how their families have come to be in the Waipa district. They also have three text panels, (two with interactivity!) and a slideshow. Their opening event was also well attended by the school community and the Mayor assisted the children to officially open their exhibition. The Museum team are excited by the success of these two programmes and hope to...

Pacifica Music, Drums & Dance!

Enlarge Join the Te Awamutu Museum Team and members from the Pacifica Arts Centre for a fabulous evening of music, dance and drums! 6.00pm – 7.45pm Thursday 23 June Free Entry, Bookings Required Phone 07 872 0085 to book your space now! All ages...

Te Awamutu Museum in National Spotlight – Again!

Te Awamutu’s Museum has punched above its weight again, named for the third year in a row as a finalist in the prestigious 2016 New Zealand Museum Awards. Impressive! Our small museum is up against much larger museums from Wellington, Hutt City and Auckland in an award celebrating innovative public programmes. Staff entered their home-grown school holiday programme, Dig It, into the award. The programme teaches children about archaeology, takes them on a simulated dig and helps them learn about artefacts. Dig It ran for the first time in 2015 and again last month, involving 60 children aged 5-12. Both times it was fully subscribed with a waiting list of children wanting to be involved. Director of Museums and Heritage Anne Blyth said the Te Awamutu Museum was lucky to have Collections Manager Haylee Alderson, trained in archaeology, as part of the team. “It’s brilliant because the only way most young people will ever get introduced to archaeology in New Zealand is if they go to university,” Anne said. As far as she is aware, Dig It is the only programme of its type in New Zealand. Thirty-three finalists in eight categories have been selected for the ServiceIQ-sponsored awards to be announced in Auckland later this month. The Te Awamutu Museum has been an award finalist before; in 2013 for an exhibition about eels and in 2014 for an exhibition of artworks by prisoners at Waikeria Prison. The exhibition, We Love Eels, is being offered again by the museum from May 14 – August...