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Stories from our Collection – May Edition: Nelson Provincial Museum

Celebrating taonga pūoro during NZ Music Month

Throughout May, singers, songwriters, musicians, and music lovers have been celebrating Te Marama Pūoro o Aotearoa (NZ Music Month), which is why we have decided to share the story of two very significant taonga in the Museum’s collection, which show what a pūtātara (traditional Māori trumpet) might have looked like hundreds of years ago.

Learn more about taonga pūoro – or ‘singing treasures’ as traditional Māori musical instruments are so aptly known –

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The ever popular Te Papa exhibition Colossal Squid: Freaky Features! Te Ngū Tipua: Ngā Wāhanga Weriweri! is now on display at the Nelson Provincial Museum.

Colossal Squid: Freaky Features! centres around an interactive table displaying many different objects including the lens from an eye of the Colossal Squid, part of a tentacle, and a complete tiny squid; the miniature of its colossal relative. Touchable rotating models of a squid’s tentacle hook and the Colossal Squid’s beak are also on display.

The exhibition runs until Sunday 28th August, 2022.

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MELTDOWN: Visualising Climate Change opens to the public this Friday 3rd June, 2022.

The exhibition is a narrative on the importance of the world’s glaciers, the impact of climate change and their fate, through the prism of art, photography, and film.

You are warmly invited to attend the exhibition opening this Thursday 2nd June at 5:30pm at the Nelson Provincial Museum with guest speaker Joanna Santa Barbara, Chair of the Nelson Tasman Climate Forum. To learn more or RSVP please click here.

The exhibition is open to the public until Sunday 2nd October, 2022.

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