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Mission Accomplished

Mission Accomplished

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  • Mon 25 Jun ’12, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 26 Jun ’12, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 27 Jun ’12, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 28 Jun ’12, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 29 Jun ’12, 10:00am – 5:00pm
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New Zealand Rugby Museum, 326 Main St, Palmerston North


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $12.50
  • Child: $5.00
  • Families: $30.00

Security scanners, signed jerseys and corner flags, championship medals and traffic management plans are just some of the unique items on display at the New Zealand Rugby Museum’s newly opened exhibition, “Mission Accomplished: New Zealand’s Rugby World Cup 2011 Legacy”.

Comprising five cabinets filled with items emphasising the enormity and excitement of an event that captured the world-wide attention of millions of rugby supporters and observers, the exhibition is testament to a moment in history never likely to be experienced in New Zealand again.

“Mission Accomplished” is the museum’s second break-out exhibition since it opened its new gallery in Te Manawa last August, replacing the exceedingly popular “Having a Ball”, the New Zealand Cartoon Archive-Alexander Turnbull Library’s exploration of the cartoon history of New Zealand rugby.

Rugby New Zealand 2011 Ltd, the organisation responsible for the planning and delivery of the event saved items and ephemera following the tournament, the opportunity to collect en masse in such a timely fashion very rarely presents itself. The high standard and attention to detail that encompassed the organising of the tournament was so fascinating that we had to share the story.

“Mission Accomplished” is divided into five named displays – “Permanent”, “Games”, “Hosting”, “Organisation” and “Media” – with each case featuring items relevant to their theme.

The themed approach means an accessible take for visitors as the storylines on how the World Cup unfolded develops, while the “Permanent” display, the essence of the Rugby World Cup story, would remain once the exhibition finished.

The exhibition is fascinating as it goes behind the scenes and features objects and images that people don’t normally get to see. This gives them a clear insight into what was going on. Some of the intriguing items in the exhibition like the passes for dinners and snacks, and the catering and security tags show the layers of detail under the surface. The tremendous amount of planning and research that was required by the event’s project managers, and the “no expense spared” approach in some areas such as with VIPs. Their gifts were just fantastic, and the museum is fortunate that some of those wonderful blankets issued to the reserves and dignitaries to ward off the cold were not all used.

Rugby World Cup 2011 still resonating with many New Zealanders, as evident by the number of people turning out to see the Webb Ellis Cup.

We are grateful for funding support from Infinity Foundation Limited which enabled the museum to employ GSA Design and Capture Signs, as well as Catherine Hehir, and so ensure the same high display standards were reached as in the museum’s permanent exhibition.

Sky Sport was also tremendously helpful in supplying some behind-the-scenes footage and highlights to provide a nice moving visual addition to the displays.

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