Share your museum memories with Puke Ariki

Can you remember the first time you visited a Puke Ariki exhibition? Or do you have photos of Taranaki’s old museum?

Puke Ariki is celebrating a century of Taranaki museums and is calling for the public to take a leading role in a new project called Museum Memories.

The project is part of the celebrations around it being a hundred years since the Taranaki Museum first opened its doors on 28 August 1919. The anniversary celebrations have also included the popular Whare Kahurangi: 100 Years of Collecting exhibition.

NPDC’s Puke Ariki museum manager Colleen Mullin says the community is an integral part of the museum’s history and success.

“We would love to hear your fondest memories from any time in the past century so send us your stories, old photographs or videos,” she says.

“Puke Ariki would like to hear from anyone who has a connection to the museum – it a can be from anyone; kids who love exploring the museum, researchers who delve into our extensive collections or just because you’re a long-time fan with a favourite memory to share.”

Museum Memories will run throughout July and the favourites from those submitted will be included in a digital display as part of the August anniversary celebrations.

Museum Memories can be submitted online, or people can go to the Museum and fill in a form.

The milestone museum birthday will be marked with an event called Museum After Dark on August 30, which features live entertainment and an after hours party.

There will also be a family-friendly event on August 31 with the Family Party Day, which features a magician, party games, scavenger hunts and of course, a big birthday cake.