Topp Twins, magician and cake to help celebrate 100 years of museum

On August 28 1919, the Taranaki Museum opened its doors for the very first time.

Fast forward 100 years and join NPDC’s Puke Ariki to celebrate 100 years of the museum.

To mark this milestone anniversary Puke Ariki is hosting two free events, with something for audiences of all ages.

Museum: After Dark is an 18+ event on Friday August 30 from 7pm to 11pm and is a chance to experience the museum as never before. 

This is what the area looked like in 1960

Take a trip through the decades with spaces decked out in 1920s, 1950s and 1980s décor, be the first to try out new virtual reality experiences, or step inside the Photo Booth and print a fun retro snap.

Entertainment kicks off with a performance from the Topp Twins, musical cabaret from Women in Voice (an iconic Brisbane based institution) and concludes with New Plymouth based jazz band, the Mike Gordon Trio.
Cash bar and food available to purchase.

Then on Saturday is a family fun day between 11am – 3pm. Museum goers will be entertained by award-winning magician Mick Peck, take part in a scavenger hunt, get crafty in a poi making workshop and enjoy a slice of birthday cake.

As well as the two events, Whare Kahurangi: 100 Years of Collecting is Puke Ariki’s popular temporary exhibition which looks back on a century of collecting our region’s history and will be on show until October 6.

Puke Ariki museum manager Colleen Mullin says Museum After Dark and the Family Party Day are an eclectic mix of entertainment with something to thrill audiences of all ages.

“Both are free events and open to all – the community has always been a big part of the Museum’s story and history and we invite everyone to celebrate this milestone occasion with us,” she says.

Magician Mick Peck will perform at the family fun day

“It’s a special year for Puke Ariki, we have the Whare Kahurangi: 100 Years of Collecting exhibition which is on until October 6 and we have a newly acquired 1924 All Blacks jersey to go show to complement the anniversary events.”

Fast Facts:
•       Puke Ariki first opened on 15 June 2003.
•       The total number of visitors to Puke Ariki and district libraries in the 2017/18 year was 801,703
•       In that same period, Puke Ariki and community libraries issued 779,908 items.
•       It is the world’s first purpose-built, fully integrated museum, library and visitor information centre.
•       Puke Ariki has three long-term galleries (Takapou Whāriki, Taranaki Naturally and the Gallery of Taranaki Life) and components of these get changed out regularly.
•       The temporary exhibition space shows touring exhibitions that are either curated in-house or brought in from other museums.
•       Te Pua Wānanga O Taranaki/Taranaki Research Centre is also housed at the site.