Te Papa

Te Papa

Reinventing New Zealand's national museum 1998–2018

Conal McCarthy


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Published to mark 20 years since the landmark opening of Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand in 1998, this illustrated book by well-known museum studies academic Conal McCarthy examines the vision behind the museum, how it has evolved in the last two decades, and the particular way Te Papa goes about the business of being a national museum in a nation with two treaty partners. McCarthy provides a warm and at times critical appraisal of its origins, development, innovations, and reception, including some of its key museological features which have drawn international attention, highlights of exhibitions, collections and programs over its first twenty years, and the issues that have sparked national and local debate.