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Turnbull Gallery

Find something new and surprising, dark, delightful or demanding, in exhibitions from the Alexander Turnbull Library’s treasured collections.

The Turnbull Gallery features curated selections of original collection material, which, along with a stimulating programme of events, offers fascinating insights into our cultures and history.

The Turnbull Gallery gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Alexander Turnbull Library Endowment Trust.

The Turnbull Gallery is currently closed.


Past exhibitions

Turnbull Gallery, Goodbye to all that

Goodbye to all that

Find out how people coped after the war ended

10 September to 1 December 2018

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Turnbull Gallery, Death and Desire

Death and desire

Hair in the Turnbull collections

18 June to 7 September 2018

Find out more about Death and Desire


Juggler Santiago 2013 by Bruce Foster

The Next Word

Contemporary New Zealand Poetry

24 December 2017 – 24 March 2018

Find out more about The Next Word


Humble: the life of 100 small objects

Humble

The life of 100 small objects

28 August – 1 December 2017

Find out more about Humble


Wāhine: Beyond the 'dusky maiden

Wāhine | Ngā Wāhine Māori

Beyond the 'dusky maiden' | Ki tua o te ‘puhi kiri rauwhero'

6 June – 25 August 2017

Find out more about Wāhine


An ornament to the town

An ornament to the town

The band rotunda in New Zealand

13 March – 2 June 2017

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Unexpected connections

Unexpected connections

Colenso and his contemporaries

15 November 2016 – 9 March 2017

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Standing ovation

Standing ovation

Half a century of Downstage Theatre

22 August – 11 November 2016

Find out more about Standing ovation


Zombies on the horizon

Zombies on the horizon

Experimental music in Aotearoa

23 May – 20 August 2016

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Recordings and photos from the exhibition's events


A worm's eye view

A worm's eye view

Soldiers' art in the First World War

29 February – 20 May 2016

Find out more about A worm's eye view


Measured works

Measured works

Surveyors’ views of early European settlement in Wellington

7 December 2015 – 26 February 2016

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Not one more acre

"Not one more acre"

The Māori Land March 40 years on

14 September – 4 December 2015

Find out more about "Not one more acre"


Cuba character

Cuba character

Stories from the street

17 August – 11 September 2015

Find out more about Cuba character


Tell tails

Tell tails

Artists respond to the Turnbull collections

25 May – 14 August 2015

Find out more about Tell tails


The Book Beautiful

The book beautiful

Some of the most beautiful books in the Turnbull

2 March – 22 May 2015

Find out more about The book beautiful


A Child's War

A child's war

Words and pictures from World War I

24 November 2014 – 27 February 2015

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Extreme south

Extreme south

Antarctica imagined

7 July – 12 September 2014

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The limelight moment

The limelight moment

New Zealand stars overseas

28 April – 4 July 2014

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Borderland

Borderland

The life, work, and legacy of James Cowan

17 February – 26 April 2014

Find out more about Borderland


Assemblé

Assemblé

The Royal New Zealand Ballet at sixty

9 December 2013 – 15 February 2014

Find out more about Assemblé


Next in line

Next in line

The young cartoonist award

30 September – 7 December 2013

Find out more about Next in line


Logs to blogs

Logs to blogs

Centuries of diaries in the Turnbull

29 July – 28 September 2013

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Revolting!

Revolting!

The sound of protest in Aotearoa

27 May – 27 July 2013

Find out more about Revolting!


Island style

Island style

Dancing the Pacific

18 March – 11 May 2013

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Head and shoulders

Head and shoulders

A colonist's dream turned sour?

21 January – 16 March 2013

Find out more about Head and shoulders

Find us

The Gallery is located at the National Library on Molesworth Street. Take the stairs or lift to the first floor, and head to the rear of the Reading Room.

Contact us

Email Turnbull.Gallery@dia.govt.nz