Dominion Museum (N.Z.)

National Art Gallery and Museum (N.Z.)

Established in 1865 as the Colonial Museum. First director James Hector. First building was on Museum Street. behind Parliament, in Thorndon, Wellington. After New Zealand became a dominion in 1907, the museum became known as the Dominion Museum.

The new building in Buckle Street was formally opened on 1 August 1936 by Governor-General Viscount Galway. The original plans for the Buckle Street building were never completed and by the 1980s storage had reached capacity in 1994 construction began on a new building on Wellington's waterfront.

While the Dominion Museum (later called the National Museum from 1973) and National Art Gallery had shared the Buckle Street building since 1936, the two remained separate entities until the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Act 1992 incorporated the two.

The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (Te Papa), which incorporated the art gallery and museum, moved out of Buckle Street in 1996. Their new waterfront home opened on 14 February 1998.

Since 2001, the Buckle Street building has been the premises of Massey University (Wellington Campus).

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Date: n d From: McNab, Robert, 1864-1917 : Papers Ref: MS-Papers-0047-73 Description: Rough lists of contents of National history collection for boxes 1, 2 and 3 of McNab's collection of papers compiled prior to transfer of collection to ATL. ...
Date: [ca 1932] From: Evening post (Newspaper. 1865-2002) :Photographic negatives and prints of the Evening Post newspaper Ref: 1/2-088047-G Description: Photograph taken ca 1932 by an Evening Post staff photographer Source of descriptive information - Notes in negative register. Image not seen by cataloguer....
Date: 1961 From: Falla, Robert Alexander (Sir), 1901-1979 : Papers Ref: MS-Papers-2366-289
Display cabinets containing Maori artifacts in the Dominion Museum, Wellington
Date: [ca 1936] From: Evening post (Newspaper. 1865-2002) :Photographic negatives and prints of the Evening Post newspaper Ref: PAColl-6301-27 Description: Display cabinets containing Maori artifacts in the Dominion Museum, Wellington, circa 1936. Photographer unidentified. Quantity: 1 b&w original photographic...
Date: 1946-1968 From: Cunningham, John Melville, fl 1946-1953 : Papers Ref: 2001-190-2/04 Description: Quantity: 1 folder(s). Physical Description: Mss and typescripts
Date: 29/2/56 From: The Dominion :Negatives Ref: 1/2-145691-F Description: Box Misc S12
Modern art exhibition at the Academy of Fine Arts in the Dominion Museum building, Wellington, 1974.
Date: 1974 From: Westra, Ans, 1936-: Photographs Ref: AW-0912 Description: Visitors attending an exhibition of modern art at the Academy of Fine Arts, in the Dominion Museum building, Wellington. Unless otherwise stated, all persons...
Scenes outside the Dominion Museum building in Buckle Street, Wellington, 1974.
Date: 1974 From: Westra, Ans, 1936-: Photographs Ref: AW-0911 Description: All scenes were taken in front of the Dominion Museum building in Buckle Street, Wellington. Frames 1 to 3, and 7 to 12 show a young man with his little daug...
Maori carving at Dominion Museum, Wellington; House interior at night, Turangawaewae Marae, Ngaruawahia
Date: 1961 From: Westra, Ans, 1936-: Photographs Ref: AWM-0899-F Description: Images show a Maori carved figure on display at the Dominion Museum in Wellington, and scenes of a house interior taken at night on the Turangawaewae Marae, ...
Visit of Queen Elizabeth II to the Dominion Museum in Wellington
Date: March 1970 From: Westra, Ans, 1936-: Photographs Ref: AW-0001 Description: Queen Elizabeth visiting the Dominion Museum in Wellington. Photographs taken in 1970 by Ans Westra. Unless otherwise stated, all persons are unidentified. I...
Visit of Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of Edinburgh and Princess Anne, to the Dominion Museum in Wellington
Date: March 1970 From: Westra, Ans, 1936-: Photographs Ref: AW-0003 Description: Queen Elizabeth, the Duke of Edinburgh and Princess Anne, visiting the Dominion Museum in Wellington. Photographs taken in 1970 by Ans Westra. Unless otherwi...
Main hall, Dominion Museum, Wellington
Date: 1973 From: Westra, Ans, 1936-: Photographs Ref: AW-0785 Description: Shows visitors looking at exhibits in the main hall of the Dominion Museum, Buckle Street, Wellington, in 1973. Includes images of the meeting house 'Te Hau ...
Maori Hall, Dominion Museum, Wellington
Date: 1935 From: Evening post (Newspaper. 1865-2002) :Photographic negatives and prints of the Evening Post newspaper Ref: PAColl-6301-41 Description: Maori Hall, Dominion Museum, Wellington, circa 4 September, 1935. Photographer unidentified. Quantity: 1 b&w original photographic print(s). Physical Descr...
Date: [ca 1932] From: Evening post (Newspaper. 1865-2002) :Photographic negatives and prints of the Evening Post newspaper Ref: 1/2-088045-G Description: Photograph taken ca 1932 by an Evening Post staff photographer Source of descriptive information - Notes in negative register. Image not seen by cataloguer....
Date: 1969 By: New Zealand. National Publicity Studios; R E Owen (Firm); Holyoake, Keith Jacka (Sir), 1904-1983 Ref: E-279-q-046 Description: Christmas card sent out by the Prime Minister's Office, Wellington, 1969-1970 showing the tableau based on Cook's own description of when he first set foot o...
Date: 1848-1955 From: Australian Joint Copying Project : Miscellaneous Series microfilm Ref: Micro-MS-Coll-20-2887 Description: Quantity: 1 microfilm reel(s).
Korotangi, or carved stone pigeon
Date: Date unknown From: Original photographic prints and postcards from file print collection, Box 14 Ref: PAColl-6585-46 Description: Korotangi (carved stone pigeon) at the National Museum in Wellington, artist and date unknown. Photographer, and date of photograph, also unknown. Quantity...
Date: 1869 - 1875 From: Mantell, Walter Baldock Durrant, 1820-1895 :Scrapbook. 1840-1872. By: Mantell, Walter Baldock Durrant (Hon), 1820-1895 Ref: C-103-029 Description: A circular drive and fence in the foreground with a glasshouse to the right, and beyond that, the roof and high windows of the Museum, seen through young tre...
Date: 1959 From: Falla, Robert Alexander (Sir), 1901-1979 : Papers Ref: MS-Papers-2366-288
Date: 1939-1947 From: Ngata, Apirana Turupa (Sir), 1874-1950 : Papers Ref: MS-Papers-6919-0593 Description: Contains a magazine entitled `New Zealand centennial news' (Internal Affairs, 30 November 1939), a report regarding the Maori Mission (1942), National Art Ga...