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Collection Caretakers

28 Oct 2022 to 26 Mar 2023
10am - 5pm daily
We are home to over 30,000 taonga, and their wellbeing is one of the Museum's core responsibilities.
Event type: 
Free Entry
Waikato Museum
1 Grantham Street, Hamilton


Deep in the heart of this building are Waikato Museum's collection stores. They are home to over 30,000 taonga, and their wellbeing is one of our core responsibilities.

In this exhibition you can explore the different types of threats to the collection, and we'll show you how we mitigate those risks. This is a battle against time, and understanding the needs of different materials is a detailed skill. We aim to minimise damage as much as possible, because preservation is always better than repair. Observing tikanga Maaori is particularly important when caring for taonga, and through our expertise and network of advisors, we provide every item with appropriate care. This understanding feeds into our processes and wider museum best practice.

Learn from our expertise, get hands-on in the exhibition, and become a Collection Caretaker for your own taonga at home.

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Waikato Museum - Te Whare Taonga o Waikato

26 Oct 2022

For an inspirational experience, visit us on the banks of the Waikato River in the heart of Hamilton's cultural precinct. Our exhibitions and activities tell the stories of this region and include visual art, social history, tangata whenua and science.