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Whats Happening at the Museum

11 October, 2005

Dinosaurs Alive!

See Delaurus in action every Saturday 11.30am, 12.30pm and 2pm. Every show is bound to be different as our prehistoric visitor becomes familiar with life in the Museum.

_Beca presents

The Da Vinci Machines

18 November - 5 March

Inventor - Artist - Genius

The scientific innovation of Leonardo da Vinci will soon be on show at an exhibition of over 50 recreated models of da Vinci's famous machines including his designs for a bicycle, glider, tank, paddle-boat and much more. Each model has been built according to Leonardo's drawings and notes and with materials available in fifteenth-century Italy.

Don't miss the chance to get hands on with some of the da Vinci innovations designed over 500 years ago.

Special Exhibitions Lecture

Zambesi: edge of darkness

Tuesday 11 October 7.30pm

'New Zealand Fashion Take on the World'. Professor Maureen Molloy will look at understanding the success of New Zealand Fashion in a global context. How was it that New Zealand had turned from a sartorial wasteland to the darling of the fashion commentators almost instantaneously? In association with the Auckland Museum Institute. $5 entry, Members FREE.

The Zambesi: edge of darkness exhibition celebrates twenty five years of the iconic New Zealand fashion label. Regarded as 'edgy and darkly intelligent', Elisabeth Findlay's designs surprise and achieve a level of emotional resonance rare in comtemporary fashion. The exhibition will be open prior to the lecture.

_The ever-changing Museum

City Gallery

Until 30 October 2005

The popular City Gallery on the ground floor is due for closure at the end of October. Don't miss the chance to take in our urban cultural heritage spanning the best part of the twentieth century before it closes. An exciting new decorative arts exhibition will be opening in this space in July 2006.

The incoming exhibition will feature New Zealand Applied Arts (furniture, textiles, ceramics, metalwork, glass, jewellery) from earliest European settlement through to today. A further International Applied Arts gallery will open at the same time on the opposite side of the Museum and will present snap shots of style from the Middle Ages right through to the Twentieth Century.

A new exhibition, featuring the City of Auckland, will reopen on the ground floor in 2007

Museum Library

Still Simmering - Cookbook Time Capsules

Until 28 November

Like diaries, letters and other domestic artefacts, cookbooks offer special insight into the prevailing values and cultural forces in society. For a glimpse of food, domesticity and gender in 20th century New Zealand, enjoy a selection of reproductions in the Library foyer and cookbooks on display in the Library Reading Room.

Museum Library open to the public - Monday to Friday, 1-5pm

_Special public event

Behind the Scenes Open Day

Sunday, 6 November

Auckland Museum will once again open its doors to the public for a special viewing of the behind-the-scenes workings of this very popular Auckland icon.

Visitors will have the opportunity to experience what's behind the closed doors of the Museum. Highlights include; the many metres of special books and reference material we hold in the Library store; the construction site to view the atrium space before it's closed in; and a special peek at the Collections storage space some nine metres below the ground. There'll be plenty to keep the kids entertained; treasure trail, luck dips, prizes and more. Adults $10, Children FREE. 10am - 5pm.

A marquee, sausage sizzle, star appearance by Delaurus, the Museum dryosaur, and other special guest appearances will make this a great entertaining day out.



Dance and Politics in South Korea: Not Such Strange Bed-fellows

Monday, 7 November, 3pm - 4pm

Following a brief illustrated introduction to the many forms of dance in Korea today, Professor Van Zile examines a variety of ways in which dance and politics intersect in South Korea. She points to such things as political statements made in masked dance-dramas in the past as well as today, and the government's formalized system for recognizing people and dances as National Treasures. $5 entry, Members FREE. APEC Room, Auckland Museum.

Co-sponsors of the event are Asia: NZ Foundation, The Korea Study Centre, New Zealand Asian Institute of the University of Auckland.

_Museum Events

Armistice Day Commemorations

Friday 11 November

Please join Auckland War Memorial Museum, the RSA and the joint forces in commemorating one of the most significant days in the history of conflict. Armistice Day marks the anniversary of the ceasefire that ended the First World War and commemorates the sacrifice of those who died serving New Zealand in this and all subsequent wars and armed conflict.

We will also take this opportunity to remember our comrades in other parts of the world, especially our personnel currently serving in the various operational missions. The ceremony will be held in the Auckland War Memorial Museum World War I Hall of Memories at 10.30am. Contact Amanda Sutherland for more information.

Victory celebrations, Queen Street, Auckland 1918

Looking ahead!

Coming soon to the Museum

11 November - 11 December 2005

Afghanistan: a Peacekeeper's perspective A compelling photographic exhibition of the peacekeeping context in Afghanistan tdoay. Personal, ground level, eye witness accounts of the impact peacekeeping has in this turbulent theatre.

2 December - 12 February 2006

Takapau Will Travel A touring exhibition of new work that continues with themes of botanical colonisation, cataloguing and collecting as part of a jewellery cameo series.

16 December - 15 January

Colours of New Zealand Auckland Museum photographer Krzysztof Pfeiffer’s acclaimed exhibition of stunning landscape portraiture returns from Poland.

Opening 17 December

Volcanoes The Museum's newest permanent exhibiton. An up close and personal examination of the scientific and human stories of volcanoes. The highly interactive exhibition will also give visitors a walk through deep sea black smokers and also a domestic view of a volcanic eruption in Auckland - the only city in the world actually built on an active volcanic field!

The Auckland Museum offers ever-changing displays of world-class exhibitions and events for the entire family. If you have family and friends who might appreciate regular updates on what's happening at the Museum please pass on this newsletter.


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