This is strange: an expensive new building without a soul. A missed opportunity to create a contemporary Decò, working on the city style heritage. A maori collection that's not up to any other Museum (unless they want to compare with Te Awamutu tiny one). Lot of space with no apparent use, collections with little interest...
So why the "very good" rating? Because the Earthquake exposition is beautiful, captivating and moving, and nearly brought tears to my eyes. It was worth the visit by itself. On the first floor there was a nice gallery of pictures (not sure if it was temporary or permanent) with a number of interesting works. And the staff was truly friendly and helpful.
Also the historic Decò building is beautiful, with a superior style compared to most of the buidings on the CDB.
So if you don't mind the ridicolously overpriced ticket pay a visit.
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