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Dambusters Exhibition Landing Soon!

Te Awamutu museum staff believe an upcoming exhibition celebrating World War II’s famous ‘Dambusters’ will be one of its most popular ever. The museum will be hosting ‘Dambusters: Boffins, Bravery and Bouncing Bombs’ from the Air Force Museum of New Zealand from next week running through until July this year. The exhibition explores the extraordinary story of the Dambusters raids on the Ruhr Valley dams in 1943. It details the planning that went into the raids, the science behind the ‘bouncing bombs’ and the aftermath for the men involved as well as the Ruhr Valley community. It also covers the stories of the two New Zealanders who served with this elite unit, including former Waitomo mayor and dambuster pilot Les Munro.  Munro was the subject of the TVNZ documentary, ‘Reluctant Hero’. Museum and heritage director Anne Blyth said the dambusters story is well known with a book and a movie released following World War II. But there was sustained interest in the story and she was expecting the exhibition to be very popular. “It will primarily appeal to people interested in World War II, the Air Force and military aviation but this exhibition includes fascinating technology and interactive components as well and is very compelling. It will be captivating for all ages.” “Visitors will get to see the science behind the famous ‘bouncing bombs’, how they modified the plans and will be amazed by the stories of the incredibly brave pilots,” Blyth said. In conjunction with Dambusters the museum is doing a special tribute to pilot Les Munro running from the opening until April. Special screenings of the classic...

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...