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International Museums Day 2016

Tui and Tama would like to invite all their friends to come and celebrate International Museums Day at the Te Awamutu Museum! Come along for a free afternoon of activities and fun! FREE ENTRY 3.30pm – 5.00pm Wednesday 25th May Te Awamutu Museum...

Kids Party Confidential – Te Awamutu Edition!

Australian Comedian Sean Murphy is bringing his hit show to Te Awamutu for ONE PERFORMANCE ONLY! Fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe, KIDS PARTY CONFIDENTIAL brings the best fiesta ever to the world of archaeology: you’ll laugh, you’ll cringe, you’ll learn how to tie an incredible (ancient) balloon sword! Suitable for adults and kids ages 5 to 12. There are limited tickets available for this fantastic show/workshop package. Great value for money, $12.00 per person. Tickets available from Te Awamutu Museum. Call us now to book your place! 07 872 0085 For more about Sean, check out...

Dig It Returning April 2016!

Our popular holiday programme from 2015 is back! Be in quick to secure your child’s place at Dig It, running during the April School Holidays. Group 1: 19-21 April Group 2: 26-28 April Sessions run 12.30-3.30pm each day, children must attend each session. An adult or caregiver must remain with the children throughout the sessions. Children will need to bring a drink bottle and a snack for afternoon tea. To book your place or to find out more, phone 07 872 0085....

Generation Gap

Enlarge Our latest exhibition, Generation Gap is a collaborative art exhibition with the Webster Family. Eddy, who works with wood and paint, has exhibited with us before, but never on this scale! This time, he is joined by his granddaughter Eliza, who works with acrylic on canvas and paper. There is also one special artwork by Ben Webster, Eddy’s late father, to show where it all began. All of Eddy and Eliza’s works are for sale, so come and check out your latest local art acquisition, just in time for Christmas! We are very excited to be opening this exhibition on Saturday 7 November, where invited guests will get first look at the outstanding array of works. Generation Gap runs until 8th February 2016, in the Gavin Gifford...

Fantastic Flora and Fauna

Enlarge Come and celebrate the new mural at Te Awamutu Museum by getting involved with our Fantastic Flora and Fauna school holiday activities! See the session times below and then get in touch to book your place, as spaces are limited. Morning Sessions run 10.30am-11.30am, $2pp Afternoon Sessions run 1.30pm-3.00pm, $5 per child Parents/Caregivers, we do need you to stay with your children throughout the entire session. All sessions are aimed at 5-12 year olds and will be fun and interactive. Please no food or drink in the Museum. Water bottles with a lid are fine.   Morning Session 10.30am-11.30am $2pp Afternoon Session 1.30pm-3.00pm $5 per child Tuesday 29 Sept Making Wetlands! Harakeke with Kathie Wednesday 30 Sept Waikato Biodiversity Native Animal Crafts Thursday 1 Oct Sanctuary Mountain – Flora and Fauna with Daniel Milk Bottle Worm Farms   Tuesday 6 Oct Making Wetlands! Harakeke with Kathie Wednesday 7 Oct New Zealand Native Birds Native Animal Crafts Thursday 8 Oct Sanctuary Mountain – Mark and Bella the Kiwi Dog Kat for Kiwis for...

Chunuk Bair Commemoration

Enlarge Te Awamutu RSA and Museum commemorate Chunuk Bair Saturday 8th August will mark 100 years since the ANZAC forces took the summit of Chunuk Bair as part of the Sari Bair offensive. Chunuk Bair was the highest point of the range and was the furthest point ever occupied by the Allied forces. The New Zealand Battalions held the summit under extreme conditions for two days until they were relieved by a British Gurkha battalion. Shortly after the New Zealanders were relieved the Turkish forces regained control of the summit, forcing the Allied forces back down the hills. The Sari Bair Range runs along the Gallipoli Peninsula, and it was the Allied forces objective during the initial invasion in April 1915 to seize key points along the ridge. Due to the commanders underestimation of the Ottoman strength, and the error of the initial landing beach, the ANZACs had not achieved their initial objective on the first day. By August 1915, gaining control of Sari Bair would allow further attacks to begin driving back the Ottoman soldiers, reduce their control of the peninsula and break the stalemate. This battle was hugely significant for the New Zealand forces, has become widely studied by military historians and is remembered as the only ANZAC success on the Gallipoli Peninsula throughout the entire Gallipoli campaign. Despite the brave and valiant efforts of the ANZAC troops,  only one VC was awarded, to Corporal Cyril Bassett of the New Zealand Divisional Signals, for maintaining communications under heavy fire during the battle. The Australians were fighting along the same ridge, at Lone Pine, and it is poignant...

Dig it! at Te Awamutu Museum

These July School Holidays, get your kids down to the Museum so they can try their hand at archaeology! Spaces are limited, so book now. Two courses will be run, one in each week of the holidays. July 7,8,9 or 14,15,16 Both courses are now full! Contact us to register your interest for next time. Great value for money, and they get to keep what they find! Tuesday will be learning the basics of archaeology and viewing archaeological objects from the Museum Collection. Wednesday will be the dig! Wear your warm winter clothes as we will be outside undertaking our excavations. Thursday will be back inside in an archaeology...