the iconic institution that has benchmarked international best practice has
evolved over the past two decades.
“I cannot think of another national museum, built in the last forty years, that
the nation and, more generally, the indigenous peoples of the world,” says
Professor Simon Knell of the University of Leicester in the foreword to Te Papa:
Reinventing New Zealand’s national museum 1998–2018. “Indeed, it is hard
to think of another national museum that has so fundamentally rewritten the
ethics of being a museum.”
museum’s origins, development, innovations, and some of the issues that have
sparked national and local debate.
for many others around the globe. And how it became the most loved, most
visited, most debated, and therefore most prominent, museum in Australasia.