National Art Gallery and Dominion Museum (Former)

7 Buckle Street, (SH1) Mt Cook , Wellington
Mt Cook, Wellington
A Category 1 historic place now occupied by Massey University once housed the Dominion Museum & National Art Gallery.

Gummer and Ford's grand design in a stripped classical style won a national competition in 1929. The building was opened in 1936.

Now known as Tokomaru and owned by the Wellington Tenths Trust, the building after a meticulous restoration is part of Massey University. The project won an NZIA award for architects Tetrad, together with conservation architect Ian Bowman.

The Museum is home for the Great War Exhibition, a project directed by Peter Jackson to mark the centenary of the war and illustrate New Zealand's significant participation. It applies the skills of Wingnut films to tell the stories. In contrast with the common view we get of the conflict Peter Jackson has chosen to colour all the original black and white images.The nation lost 18,166 people in World War I.

Entry is free.
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  • North  façade Dominion Museum
    North façade Dominion Museum
  • Entrance doorway
    Entrance doorway
  • Entrance Hall
    Entrance Hall
  • West end of great hall
    West end of great hall
  • East stairwell
    East stairwell
  • East stairwell ii
    East stairwell ii
  • Peter Jackson with a World War 1 tank
    Peter Jackson with a World War 1 tank
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