Two of Auckland’s cultural institutes have gained national recognition for their creative exhibitions.
Last week the Stardome Observatory and Auckland War Memorial Museum won awards at the ServiceIQ 2017 New Zealand Museum Awards, which recognises the country’s best exhibitions and museum projects.
Stardome won the exhibition excellence prize for two space displays that were installed in October.
The first display called History of Spacecraft used more than 20,000 toy bricks to show the beginning of man’s journey into space.
The second display allowed people to keep up with current space work through engaging with international space programmes as well as the International Space Station and NASA.
Auckland War Memorial
Museum was recognised for its exhibition Volume: Making Music in Aotearoa - New Zealand’s first major music exhibition.
It received an award for best new range for its merchandise shop created for the exhibition. Its use of local suppliers, environmental consciousness and clear design was commended.
The museum’s natural sciences education programme Mana
Aotu¯roa won the most innovative use of Te Reo Maori award.