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What’s going on at the Museum?
Keep calm and carry on….
The museum may be closed to the public for now, but staff are still working behind the scenes sorting the vast collection of treasures belonging to the people of Westland. They also help with research, family histories and photograph enquiries, run public programmes, and soon hope to be planning new exhibitions. Still as busy as ever!
The Carnegie building needs fixing….
The Carnegie building, restored in 1998, is a fitting entrance to the museum complex. An official engineering report states that the building is earthquake prone, meaning it is less than 34% of National Building Standards, while a peer review suggests the building could be just above the 34% standard. There are plans to have it brought up to a target of 67% NBS ASAP so the Museum can move back in with a better and brighter future.
But hasn't the Carnegie building reopened.…?
Yes, the building is open again, but NO, it is not the Museum as we know it. Westland Properties (WDPL) are currently managing the building and are offering display space to local businesses and community groups.
Where has the Museum gone?
Displays from the exhibition halls have gone into storage in the 1970s museum complex (behind the Carnegie building), and the collection of treasures are still securely locked away in a climate controlled area.
Museum staff have relocated to nearby offices at 47 Revell Street where they offer research facilities, run a small retail outlet, and continue to work on the collection. Museum services are still available and visitors are always welcome!
For general museum business, items for donation, or research enquiries, go to 47 Revell Street on weekdays from 10am to 2pm.
The Hokitika Museum is a regional museum located in the heart of Westland and housed in the historic Carnegie Building.
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