Otago Daily Times

Mu­seum to open in De­cem­ber

- Arts

AF­TER de­lays caused by Covid­19 and the death of its de­signer, the new Rak­iura Mu­seum (pic­tured be­low) is set to open on De­cem­ber 1.

Rak­iura Her­itage Cen­tre Trust build­ing com­mit­tee chair­woman Mar­garet Hop­kins said the

$3.6 mil­lion cen­tre was due to open months ago.

How­ever, lock­down and the im­pact of Covid­19 de­layed it, as well as the death of de­signer Chris Cur­rie in late 2018.

The new de­signer/builder Sally Papps, of Ex­hi­bi­tion De­sign & Build, was then con­tracted to un­der­take the ex­hi­bi­tion fit out and be­gan work in mid­2019.

‘‘It’s a huge re­lief — or it will be once it’s opened,’’ Ms Hop­kins said.

Ex­hi­bi­tions in­clude the history of Ste­wart Is­land.

The build­ing has a gallery twice the size of the old mu­seum, a large, tem­per­a­ture­con­trolled store­room, a work­room, meet­ing room, of­fice and large foyer which fea­tures the lo­cally carved mil­len­nium pou.

En­try will be $10 for an adult and free for chil­dren.


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