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Film attraction could have impact on capital’s smaller museums

Dec 11th, 2015 | By | Category: Editor's Picks, Lead Story, Most Popular, News

PETER Jackson’s film museum may attract more visitors to the capital, and even the whole country, but there could be a downside.

Director of museums for the Wellington Museum Trust Brett Mason says the proposed film museum may cut the number of visitors to smaller, more educational museums around the city.

The museum announced this week is planned to be built right across from Te Papa, which is currently New Zealand’s most popular museum.

With two giant attractions side by side, Mr Mason wonders if many tourists will explore the city enough to find museums like Space Place, or the Wellington Museum.

The film museum will be built directly across from Te Papa, where a few stores and a car park currently sit.

The gap where the film museum will go, opposite Te Papa.

“People who are visiting, let’s say they’ve got a day in Wellington, what are they going to do?”

Mr Mason doubts the museum will really be a museum by definition, because it will be created by two people in the film industry, Sir Peter Jackson and Sir Richard Taylor.

“I just wouldn’t be calling it a museum basically. It won’t have any museological elements to it, other than things will be on display, but things are on display in shopping centres.

“It’s what I would call a visitor attraction.

“Museums work on a very different level than a visitor attraction. They’re about informing and engaging, not just entertaining.”

Te Papa’s communications manager, Kate Camp, does not share Mr Mason’s opinion.

“When Te Papa opened 18 years ago it was quite different from traditional museums.

“It’s interactive, there’s a lot of action, kids running around and an earthquake house, the concept of a museum is always changing and evolving.”

Ms Camp says they are not worried about losing visitors to the film museum.

“We’re really excited, it will attract more people.”

Wellington City Council says the museum will attract up to 350,000 visitors each year, create 1000 jobs, and bring an extra $36 million into Wellington’s economy.

Construction will start next year and is expected to be completed by 2018.

By 2018, a film museum and convention centre should be here

By 2018, a film museum and convention centre should be build on the right.


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