Mīharo Wonder: 100 Years of the Alexander Turnbull Library
26 February to 9 October | National Library Gallery, Ground floor
Mon to Fri — 9am to 5pm | Sat — 9am to 1pm
What does the word ‘wonder’ – or ‘mīharo’ – mean to you? It could be something that is amazing, fascinating or astonishing; it is also to think, speculate, meditate. Discover wonder in this Alexander Turnbull centenary exhibition.
Explore Mīharo Wonder online
Explore 100 years of collecting at the Alexander Turnbull Library.
This online exhibition was created to accompany the Mīharo Wonder exhibition held at the Library from 26 February to 9 October 2021.Start your online visit of Miharo Wonder
Enjoy some of the themes featured in the exhibition.
Looking for wonder
Mīharo Wonder is the result of a sustained encounter with the collections, and is both a personal and curatorial response to them.
It reflects the passions of Alexander Turnbull, merchant and collector, and acknowledges the generosity of thousands of subsequent donors. It is indebted to the record of scholarly and imaginative enquiry into the meaning of the library’s collections.
‘Wonder’ is many things: astonishment, the piquing of curiosity, a question raised – but it comes only through our willingness to be transported to other times, places and perspectives.
Mīharo Wonder education programmes
Prepare to be inspired by our Mīharo Wonder learning programmes! Created by our friendly Ako team, choose between the ‘Artistic Response’ or ‘Curator for the Day’ programmes. These programmes can be completed onsite or online, let us know your preference when enquiring for further information.
Our programmes have been created with curriculum level 4 in mind, but can be adapted to suit your learners needs. If your students are year 6 and below, we recommend booking in for the ‘Artistic Response’ programme.
Artistic response — 60 minutes
Which items in Mīharo stand out to you? What do you notice and how does it make you feel? Respond to these questions and more and create your own interpretation with arts and crafts.
Curator for the day — 60 minutes
Ever wanted to curate your own exhibition? Now’s your chance! Be a curator for the day and create the exhibition of your dreams.
General visit to Mīharo Wonder — 30 minutes
If you prefer to bring your class for a general visit to Mīharo Wonder, we offer 30 minute tours of the exhibition. This could also be added to a tour of He Tohu.
Get in touch with our team at for further information or to book in for the programme of your choice. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
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Mīharo Wonder events
Have a look at the events held during the Mīharo Wonder exhibition.
Mīharo Wonder in the media
170 wonders from the Alexander Turnbull Library — RNZ, Standing Room Only
The Mīharo Wonder online exhibition is proudly supported by Boost.