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Van Gogh Alive

From 19 February 2021

Van Gogh Alive is a multi-sensory experience to entertain the whole family, a unique opportunity to fully experience Van Gogh’s artistry, and truly immerse yourself in his world.

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Contact Cafe

The perfect space to take a break during your Museum visit. Open Monday to Sunday 9:30am – 3:30pm.

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Browse our fantastic range of aviation-themed gifts and products in the one-stop-shop for aircraft enthusiasts of all ages! Every purchase directly supports the work we do to preserve and share New Zealand’s military history.

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Still life featuring a negative, light meter, gloves and a magnifier. Air Force museum of New Zealand.

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Captured!

Follow the journey of a prisoner of war in Europe during World War Two in this interactive exhibition which will engage visitors of all ages.

Airmen and friends celebrating at the Victory Ball at RNZAF Station Rongotai, September 1945.

Victory!

On 15 August 1945, the most destructive conflict in human history finally ended, with Victory over Japan Day (VJ Day). This photographic exhibition, featuring images drawn from our archives, is a record of that momentous time, when the nation celebrated and our Air Force began the gradual transition from war to peace.

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Late autumn; when leaves that were recently picture-perfect are clogging every drain in sight, and you’re forced to walk through small lakes that form around them. It’s the time of year when you quickly remember that damp footwear brings a misery all of its own – sure, you’re not going to get Trench Foot in…

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Wartime Knitting Revived

When Christchurch City Librarian Kat Moody was looking for inspiration after taking up knitting again, her husband knew just where to look. Simon, who happens to be the Research Curator here at the Air Force Museum, retrieved some World War Two ‘comforts’ patterns from our archives, and took some copies for her. Having seen such…

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Everest Flight, 1945: a New Zealand pilot and the new route up Everest

Our Research Team receive all kinds of public enquiries, and the questions we’re asked can lead us on some interesting paths – and even on mountain treks! This is the story of a Kiwi airman whose wartime reconnaissance photographs helped develop the safer, second route to the summit of Mount Everest. RAF photographic reconnaissance Mosquito…

RNZAF Chief of Air Staff Air Vice-Marshal Leonard Isitt (left) laying a wreath at the Wellington Cenotaph about 1944. Image credit: ©RNZAF Official PR2968

Anzac Day Over the Decades

Since Anzac Day was marked for the first time in 1916, Kiwis and Australians around the world have gathered to reflect on New Zealand and Australia’s national day of remembrance. The day holds special significance, because it is an opportunity to remember and honour the service and sacrifice of those who have gone before us. The Museum archives unit documents how…

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Open daily from 9.30am to 4.30pm (except Christmas Day)
Entry to the Museum is free, donations are appreciated.

45 Harvard Ave, Wigram, Christchurch | 03 343 9532

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