CM moving 2.3M taonga as upgrade begins
Photo: Supplied / Canterbury Museum.
Canterbury Museum moving 2.3m exhibits as major upgrade begins, Radio NZ, 21 July 2022
Canterbury Museum is packing up to prepare for what it is describing as a once-in-a-lifetime redevelopment.
As many as 2.3 million taonga are being moved and stored as building gets underway on the Rolleston Avenue site alongside the Botanic Gardens.
Rising construction costs mean the project budget has increased by $10m in the last year to a total of $205m.
Two years ago museum director Anthony Wight said the redevelopment was needed to protect the museum’s historic buildings, its priceless collection, and to bring the interior spaces up to the standards expected of a fit-for-purpose 21st-century museum.
“Some of the buildings have a long list of problems and are either well past the end of their useful life or need major upgrades. They are causing damage to the collections they are meant to protect,” Wright said.
The buildings leaked and let in insects and because there was minimal air conditioning and no insulation, temperature and humidity could not be controlled.