Summer is a glorious time of the year in Wellington to explore many exhibitions, often located in the city’s museums and art galleries, and here are some ideas of what to see this summer. The Museum of New Zealand situated on Cable Street, opened in 1998 with a mission to represent the island’s culturally diverse population. Alongside the many permanent displays are continually changing exhibitions showcasing New Zealand’s art and design. This summer, Michael Parekowhai, a leading conceptual artist, has created “Detour,”an alternative new exhibition that explores a collection of art in a whimsical, playful way. With the theme of unearthing treasures, he has gathered an eclectic mix of art and objects, including his own unique “Forest of Plastic Trees.”
The Museum of Wellington, situated on Queens Wharf, seeks to tell the maritime history of Wellington, focusing on early settlements and growth. This summer, its newest exhibition “Nga Heke” can be seen and is ideal for all families with a fun space for children and stories of Maori migration. The collection includes objects that represent the cultural and social history of Wellington, both fascinating and weird, including flying saucers. Learn the story of Paddy the Wanderer, Wellington’s most famous dog who was known to stow away on coastal steamers.
The Dominion Museum Building, situated on Buckle Street, is hosting the Great War Exhibition, telling the story of the First World War through a collection of photographs, objects, and models. An authentic recreation of trenches at Gallipoli brings to life the fierce struggle facing the soldiers. The sights, sounds, and noises can be a challenging but worthwhile experience and is not suitable for children aged eight and below.
Summertime in Wellington presents endless opportunities to seek unique exhibitions, both fun and educational, allowing visitors to explore New Zealand’s art in all its forms.