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HMS Buffalo Re-examination Project Update

HMS Buffalo Re-examination Project Update

The HMS Buffalo Re-examination Project is crossing its fingers for fine weather and smooth seas this coming weekend.  A team of 10 volunteer divers led by maritime archaeologists Matthew Gainsford and Kurt Bennett will be surveying the wreck over the two days. ...

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Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year!!

We have started 2021 off with fabulous numbers of visitors through the doors.  These visitors are from all over Aotearoa New Zealand. Its awesome to see that people are getting out there and seeing their own country!  Thank you to everyone who has visited us and if...

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April Overview

April Overview

What an unprecedented time we are currently in. Working and learning from home has been an experience that we are all getting used to after five weeks or so. With the move to Level 3 the Museum still remains closed to visitors but we have been popping in and out...

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What’s the point of museums?

What’s the point of museums?

I recently read an article in the New Zealand Geographic titled, “What’s the Point of Museums?” Written by Mike Dickason article really gave me some perspective on my job as manager of a museum. We get lot of queries about why certain artifacts are not being displayed...

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The Museum is Turning 40!

The Museum is Turning 40!

Article first published in The Informer With Christmas only a few weeks away, thoughts tend to turn towards the upcoming festivities and our social calendars move into higher gear. Here at the Mercury Bay Museum we are ready to celebrate as well as the Museum is...

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New Additions to our Museum Trust Board

New Additions to our Museum Trust Board

Busy, busy is how we would describe the Museum – lots of children visiting us and our new exhibition is starting to take shape rather rapidly.We have also had additions to our Museum Trust Board. I would like to introduce Sharon Wright & Janet Mitchell who join us...

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Twelve Days – 1769

Twelve Days – 1769

It has begun!! We have started the work on our new exhibit ‘Twelve Days – 1769’ and in fact as you read this the main ‘bones’ of the exhibit is complete and now it’s the pretty design stuff to do.

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New HMS Buffalo Exhibit

New HMS Buffalo Exhibit

The Mercury Bay Museum in Whitianga has recently unveiled a new HMS Buffalo exhibit. Work on the exhibit began in February this year and was completed at the end of June. “Myself and my volunteer team have been working hard over the last few months to put together the...

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