A New Zealand Museum explores the City as School

Published: Wednesday 12 April 2017

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The New Zealand Chapter recently toured Wellington’s Te Papa Learning Lab and discovered a museum that is leading the charge in change and renewal for learners of all ages.

The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa is the national museum and art gallery of New Zealand, located in Wellington. It has embarked on a significant programme of change and renewal. Its Learning Lab is one of the first visible signs of this.

The conversion of a dull tired “classroom” space, the Learning Space is a prototype for further change. Here are some of my takeaway thoughts and highlights from the discussion under the theme “City as School”.

The Learning Lab is a test. It is already acting as a catalyst for other teams in Te Papa’s renewal. There will be an external evaluation on the contribution to schools and museums. In the future, it is envisaged that kids will be involved in finding objects for the collection - devolving the institution and involving others.

Murray Robertson

Wellington Committee, NZ Chapter