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Whanganui Regional Museum Opening Weekend

When:

Sat 16 Mar 2019, 10:00am–8:30pm
Sun 17 Mar 2019, 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: Whanganui Regional Museum, 62 Ridgway St, Whanganui, Manawatu / Whanganui

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

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The Whanganui Regional Museum is set to reopen its doors to the public after a significant seismic upgrade of the building and reconfiguration of the exhibition spaces.

Over two years ago, the doors were officially closed by locals Josephine Takarangi-Firman (Aunty Noti) and schoolgirl Alicia Laird. At 10am on Saturday 16 March 2019, they will both be here to formally open the doors to the public again.

Be there to witness an important moment in the history of the Whanganui Regional Museum.
The Museum will be open for extended hours until 8.30pm on Saturday 16 March and there will be a fantastic line up of family-friendly and special interest entertainments for all to enjoy.

Keep an eye out on the Museum Facebook page and for fliers around town for more details.

Schedule of events Saturday, 16 March:

Open 10am – 8.30pm
- 10.00am - Official Door Opening - Crowds welcomed through the door with vibrant sounds by Tahupōtiki Pikimāui and Ben Thompson, a dynamic duo playing brass and guitar

- 11.00am - Songs and Stories From the Williams Barrel Organ - Collection Manager Trish Nugent-Lyne plays the 1829 barrel organ, the first to arrive in New Zealand while Senior Curator Libby Sharpe tells its story. (approx 45mins)

- 12.45pm - Jerome Kavanagh – Taonga Puoro - Come and be blown away by Jerome Kavanagh in action. Witness internationally renowned practitioner of taonga puoro (traditional Māori instruments) giving a demonstration and filling the building with melodic sounds.

- 2.00pm - Kapa Haka - A dynamic event where the majority of schools in the Whanganui district combine for an epic kappa haka performance outside the Museum.

- 3.00pm - Tinirau and The Whale – Storytime With Lisa RewetI Come and listen to dynamic, animated storyteller Lisa Reweti as she tells a magic story about Tinirau and the Whale.

- 4.00pm - Live Music With Daniel Fitzsimmons - Visit the Museum while listening to acoustic melodies and rhythms accompanied by soulful lyrics of truth, peace and unity. (approx. 60mins)

- 6.00pm - Live Music – Castlecliff Lights – Ellen Young - The Museum will be filled with smooth psychedelic vocal and acoustic guitar sounds from Ellen Young, Castlecliff Lights. (approx 45mins)

Available All Day, Saturday:
- Museum Explorers
- Interactive exhibitions
- Dress-up selfies in Tesla Photograph Studio
- Semaphore flag activity
- Films for the family in the brand new AV room

Schedule of events - Sunday 17, March
Open 10am – 4.30pm

- 11.00am - Curator’s Tour Senior Curator Libby Sharpe takes a guided tour around the upstairs galleries to talk about the history of the town of Whanganui. Numbers are limited and bookings are essential – call 06 349 1110 to secure a space.

- 1.00pm - Natural Treasures – An Introduction - A guided tour of the Natural History exhibitions led by Keith Beautrais, starting at the top of the stairs and wandering around the Meteorite, Geology, Whales, Moa and Freshwater Fish displays.

Keith will point out highlights and answer questions. Numbers are limited and bookings are essential – call 06 349 1110 to secure a space.

- 2.00pm - Awesome Talk - Don Gordon from the Union Boat Club talks about Awesome – The Story Of The Army Eight exhibition in the Samuel Drew Gallery and how New Zealand’s reputation as an international rowing nation began in 1919 on the River Seine.

Available All Day. Sunday
- Museum Explorers
- Interactive exhibitions
- Dress-up selfies in Tesla Photograph Studio
- Semaphore flag activity
- Films for the family in the brand new AV room

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