New Zealand Dominion Museum building

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New Zealand Dominion Museum
Wellington Dominion Museum 01.JPG
The former Dominion Museum
Former names National Museum
General information
Location Buckle street, Wellington, New Zealand
Coordinates 41°17′58″S 174°46′37″E / 41.299538°S 174.776843°E / -41.299538; 174.776843
Current tenants Massey University
Completed 1936
Design and construction
Architect Gummer and Ford

The New Zealand Dominion Museum building was completed in 1936, and is located on Buckle Street in Wellington next to the National War Memorial. The building originally housed the National Museum, the National Art Gallery of New Zealand and the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts.[1] It currently houses part of the Massey University Wellington Campus.[2]

Prior to 1913, the Dominion Museum was known as the Colonial Museum. The Colonial Museum was originally housed in a small wooden building behind what is now the New Zealand Parliament Buildings. In 1930, the National Art Gallery and Dominion Museum Act 1930[3] established a board of trustees, leading to the building on Buckle street. The building housed the Dominion Museum, the National Art Gallery of New Zealand and the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts (who had sold their land and donated the proceeds to the new organisation on the provision that they would be accommodated).[4]

In 1972, an act of Parliament updated the Dominion Museum's name to the National Museum.

In 1992 Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Act 1992[5] combined the National Museum and the National Art Gallery to form the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

The Dominion Museum building was featured in Peter Jackson's 1996 film the Frighteners, and in Peter Webber's 2012 film Emperor

References[edit]

  1. ^ History of Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
  2. ^ College of Creative Arts of Massey University
  3. ^ "National Art Gallery Wellington - Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand". teara.govt.nz. 2011. Retrieved 28 July 2011. 
  4. ^ ART GALLERIES - National Art Gallery Wellington in An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand, edited by A. H. McLintock, originally published in 1966. (Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 18-Sep-2007)
  5. ^ "Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Act 1992 No 19 (as at 25 January 2005), Public Act – New Zealand Legislation". legislation.govt.nz. 2011. Retrieved 28 July 2011.