For those who want to see something that moves with the
times, is informative and beautiful, there will soon be a new
museum in town.
The Otago Daily Times yesterday was given a sneak peek
inside a new gallery in the Toitu Otago Settlers Museum in
Dunedin, which will reopen in early December.
Several vehicles in the museum's collection, previously
hidden away in storage, are now on display in the almost
completely new transport and technology exhibition space.
From a bullock wagon used around Berwick, to cable cars, and
the Tiger Tea trolley bus that operated in Dunedin until
1982, the display showed "the slow transition from the old
way of doing things", museum curator Peter Read said.
A display of computers used around Otago will also join the
exhibit in the former New Zealand Railways Department bus
garage, which has been lined and has had a substantial
ventilation and temperature regulation system installed.
The museum was busy yesterday as work continued on
installation of new displays and joinery in preparation for
exhibitions which will feature many items from the
collection, with access to parts of the building previously
off limits to the public.
Collections team leader Claire Nodder said the new displays
would provide new aspects to the museum's collections.
It would be "very exciting" for visitors who come to see the
changes, which were quite considerable, she said.
The new transport exhibition space was a great example.
"It's really great to get some of our biggest objects on
It would be "frantic", but she was confident the museum would
be ready before the opening weekend in early December.