Exhibitions - Whakakitenga
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Puke Ariki is embarking on a journey of change as we refresh our long-term exhibition galleries and the latest update can be found in the Taranaki Life gallery! Big Time: Taranaki's Oil and Gas Industry tells the story of oil and gas extraction in the region while providing a platform for debate. The display of some of the artworks created by  Māori contemporary artists from around the country who answered the Call of Taranaki in 2013 has also been changed in Takapou Whāriki. Also check out Kōkako: Te Kōrero o Tamanui/The Story of Tamanui  in Taranaki Naturally and discover the story of the last pure-bred Taranaki kōkako and the quest to bring this beautiful and rare native bird back to the region.   
on show

Best In Show

18 July 2015 – 22 January 2016

Taranaki truly loves its dogs! More than 11,000 of them are registered in the New Plymouth district alone. What better way to celebrate our four-legged friends than by proudly displaying Puke Ariki’s canine collections?

Musik: From Sound To Emotion

13 August - 15 November 2015

Music can provoke complex feelings. It can make you joyful or sad, but also soothe you or energize you. But how?
This winter Puke Ariki is delighted to bring Musik: From Sound to Emotion to Taranaki direct from Canada’s Montréal Science Centre. The exhibition draws on scientific research to show the role the brain plays in the musical experience for listeners, performers and composers.

Guns & Glory
Open now

This display complements Bringing It Home: Taranaki and World War One and explores the concept of prize-taking with a Taranaki trophy that came from the battlefields of Europe.

coming soon
Motunui Epa
From 23 October, 2015

Five epa (wooden panels) smuggled out of New Zealand 40 years ago have been returned to Taranaki.

The Motunui panels will be on display in Puke Ariki Museum within the next six months.