Museum open for business again

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Riah King-Wall in the new Museum on Ridgway. PHOTO/STUART MUNRO
Riah King-Wall in the new Museum on Ridgway. PHOTO/STUART MUNRO

Whanganui Regional Museum has re-opened in temporary premises on Ridgway St.

Museum on Ridgway will operate from 62 Ridgway St (the old post office building} for about 18 months, while earthquake strengthening and refurbishing work is carried out on the Queens Park building.

Programmes officer Riah King-Wall said Museum on Ridgway would house an exhibition called Te Matapihi.

"It encompasses a history of the museum, along with a smattering of our favourites, such as the waka. Te Matapihi is representative of the museum," Ms King-Wall said.

The popular museum shop will also be operating from Ridgway St.

However, Ms King-Wall said the majority of the museum staff would still be located at the Queens Park building, as the refurbishing work is mostly happening in the front half of the building.

Only Ms King-Wall and the education and front of house staff will be based at Museum on Ridgway.

"The archives will be operating as normal at Queens Park, and the Davis Theatre will still be used."

Ms King-Wall said the museum's school holiday programmes

- Wanganui Chronicle

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