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Come Behind the Scenes – a weekly insight into the Museum world!

March Overview

March Overview

The Museum has been a little quiet lately with a reduced number of visitors. The visitors that are still coming through however have travelled from some distances – Whanganui, Nelson and Christchurch just to name a few. So New Zealanders are still travelling around...

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Covid Update

Covid Update

On Monday 22nd November 2021, the Government announced its intention to move Aotearoa New Zealand into the COVID-19 Protection Framework from Thursday 2nd December 2021 at 11:59pm. With this move to the framework the Mercury Bay Museum has today confirmed that it will...

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After the Storm

After the Storm

It has been a busy time at the Museum recently with arrival of not one or two, but now six pieces of timber that we believe are from the shipwreck HMS Buffalo. Over the weekend of 28th May we received a total of five timbers that were collected from the beach with the...

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HMS Buffalo’s cannon or carronade?

HMS Buffalo’s cannon or carronade?

Located in the Soldiers Memorial Park, Whitianga, sits a cast-iron ordnance that is semi-encased in a contemporary concrete support. Two plaques on the front of the concrete base read that it is the cannon from HMS Buffalo, yet it almost looks too short and stumpy to...

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Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year!!

We have started 2021 off with fabulous numbers of visitors through the doors.  These visitors are from all over Aotearoa New Zealand. Its awesome to see that people are getting out there and seeing their own country!  Thank you to everyone who has visited us and if...

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April Overview

April Overview

What an unprecedented time we are currently in. Working and learning from home has been an experience that we are all getting used to after five weeks or so. With the move to Level 3 the Museum still remains closed to visitors but we have been popping in and out...

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What’s the point of museums?

What’s the point of museums?

I recently read an article in the New Zealand Geographic titled, “What’s the Point of Museums?” Written by Mike Dickason article really gave me some perspective on my job as manager of a museum. We get lot of queries about why certain artifacts are not being displayed...

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