11 November 2008

The Central Library and the Te Papa Museum

Finally, we were able to visit the Central Library at Wellington! It was like walking into a bookstore. The open shelf policy enables you to roam about and take your pick at a leisurely pace. It has four floors of book heaven! A cafe is conveniently located inside the premises, the inviting scent of brewed coffee occasionally wafting through the nearby reading places.

The Library is located at the Civic Centre.
Books, books, books and more books!

I can use my Johnsonville library card here as well. How convenient!
Of course, there are also books for kids like Jo-Lo.I also managed to drop by the Te Papa Museum and took a few shots to share.
New Zealand has a rich natural resource, and the museum displays species native to the country.

The sadly extinct giant flightless bird moa (or is it emu?) comes to "life" in the gallery, and puts into perspective its majestic size.
For art aficionados, their gallery is a must visit.
There are lots of multimedia areas in the museum. There are enclosed theatres that can seat around 20, and there are open ones such as this one below. Other interactive features include an earthquake simulation, audio-visual treats, and virtual rides (this one's for a fee).
Displays of rich Maori heritage abound.

There are lots of areas designed for kids as well.Information kiosks are strategically located to give more information on the showcased exhibit.


  1. Hindi pa po extinct ang emu, 2nd largest flightless bird still existing, I believe.

  2. Impressive library and museum... looks like you can spend a few dys in there...

  3. meowok: thanks ha! So it's the moa then.

    Sidney: one thing's for sure... you need more than one day to explore every nook and cranny!

  4. I wonder when will we have a library like that in the Philippines.

  5. Niel: Wishful thinking? :-) Private libraries siguro, but I don't think a public library will be as good as this.

  6. oy parang yong museum of natural history dito sa Washington.

    ganyan din ang library system dito, puwede mong gamitin kahit saang branch.

    ang sarap tumingin ng mga libro.

    ako noon halos ayaw lumabas sa SF Library.

  7. Cathy: Parang so many books,so little time! :-)

  8. sana maka travel ako with you and jolo and ate tina sir nick. super dami niyong pinupuntahan na intersting places!

  9. It looks like a really great place. I wish we have a library and museum as spectacular as that here.

    Jo-Lo must have enjoyed browsing through books and looking at the museum displays.


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