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Gallipoli: The Scale of Our War

Gallipoli: The Scale of Our War

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  • Thu 21 Apr ’16, 10:00am – 9:00pm
  • Fri 22 Apr ’16, 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Sat 23 Apr ’16, 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Sun 24 Apr ’16, 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Mon 25 Apr ’16, 10:00am – 6:00pm
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Te Papa, 55 Cable St, Wellington


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

On now until April 2018.

Te Papa is combining the worlds of movies, model-making, and museums to create an exhibition like no other.

Gallipoli: The scale of our war brings together the creative artisans of Weta Workshop with the curatorial research and expertise of the national museum. On April 18 a top secret creative approach will be revealed, bringing to life the story of eight ordinary New Zealanders who found themselves in extraordinary circumstances at Gallipoli.

Weta Workshop’s founder and exhibition creative director Sir Richard Taylor says his team is proud to be part of this exhibition. “The opportunity to take on this role has been truly one of the most extraordinary experiences of my career.”

The exhibition’s historical director Dr Chris Pugsley believes the exhibition will help shape people’s views on the Gallipoli campaign. “This is the national exhibition. This will set the tone of how New Zealanders remember the Gallipoli campaign for the 21st century. How people respond to this exhibition is enormously important for the generation who are coming through school now, because they will look back and determine what they think of Gallipoli by what they see at Te Papa.”

Lead curator for the exhibition Kirstie Ross says the exhibition is a chance to unpeel some of the myths around the eight month campaign. “We’re interested in that human experience, seeing it through an emotional lens with the words these individuals wrote, how they recorded and reflected their experiences. At the same time we’re bringing rigour, accuracy and humanity to that story.”

While the main visitor experience for the exhibition is a tightly-held secret, Te Papa is able to reveal a range of immersive, emotional experiences visitors will encounter. These include following the action on 3-D maps and projections, witnessing the cramped, filthy conditions that the soldiers faced, and exploring inside a scale-model of the Maheno – a luxury liner converted into a hospital ship to evacuate the sick and wounded.

Gallipoli: The scale of our war is the centrepiece of Te Papa’s comprehensive four-year Conflict and Identity programme of research, discussion, and reflection on the dynamics of conflict and its impact on our national identity.

The exhibition opens on April 18 and will be free-of-charge to ensure everyone has the opportunity to see this nationally significant exhibition.

Parental guidance is recommended as the exhibition contains graphic content and some language that may offend. This exhibition explores the experiences of real New Zealanders at Gallipoli through their own words and images. Certain content may disturb some visitors. We recommend that adults supervise their children.

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