While technically speaking, the Reserve Collection space is a collections storage area rather than a gallery, it does give a sense of a museum display, with aircraft and large objects roped off and a walkway encircling them.
The Reserve Collection is housed in the back of our Thérèse Angelo Wing, which is just a short walk, under cover, from the Aircraft Hall. Please note that the space is only accessible on our free behind the scenes tours, or with a booked group visit or education programme.
All the large objects in this area are, as the name suggests, a reserve collection - aircraft, vehicles, engines and weaponry which, at present, we don’t have room to display in our main galleries. Ultimately, most of these items will go on public display when we take full occupation of our new building, which will occur after Christchurch’s new Convention Centre is completed.
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Thérèse Angelo Wing
The Thérèse Angelo Wing is part of the Museum’s 6,500m² extension, completed in December 2012.