Life like displays showcase local Maori traditions such as tool making and harvesting, whaling history, early European settlers way of life and industries such as logging and farming, Chinese mining history, and war stories from ANZAC and Passchendaele.
We also have a Discovery Depot, which has a focus on the geology of the area, and gives you the opportunity to use our microscope and access to our library of geology resources.
For the Love of Dolphins - Ngā Aihe o Aotearoa
This temporary exhibition has been lovingly curated by local dolphin researcher, Gemma McGrath in collaboration with Te Hikoi Museum. It educates on the range of dolphin species found in New Zealand waters, explains about threats impacting dolphins, and empowers visitors with knowledge on what they can do to help dolphins.
A main feature of the exhibition is the history of Hector's dolphins which is based on Gemma's recent thesis. Other features of the exhibition include mesmerizing underwater footage from researcher Professor Liz Slooten, interactive touch screen with kids activities, a local sightings photo competition, a memories net capturing visitors stories, and marine specimens from Te Papa and other collections including some from Riverton Heritage Society. A large number of stunning photographs have been provided by Rob Pine.
This exhibition is planned to run until November 2019, but will possibly be extended to run over summer, as the talks from Gemma which are part of the exhibition are already proving popular. Talks from Gemma can be arranged for school or other group visits.
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