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thompsons' hut

All Year: New Entrants - Year 10

Originally built around 1920, for a station worker in east Taranaki and gifted to the museum in 1977, it has recently been refurbished to present a glimpse of urban Taranaki stories of the 1930s during the depression. It features furniture, household items, dress ups, a digital photo album showing images from the Swainson /Woods collection and design features of the era. Its interactive interior has a variety of objects to look at and compare with other objects in the Taranaki Life gallery.

A great opportunity for students to experience a former time in Taranaki’s history and make comparisons to their lives today. Hear the stories of the people featured, look at the interior of the hut and the decorations, furnishings and functions of the space. A great opportunity to compare the massive leap in comfort and technological development in the time since then.


New Zealand Curriculum Links:

Social Sciences: This topic covers elements of Social Studies Levels 1 - 5.
Technology: The Nature of Technology Characteristics of Technology:, Levels 1 - 5.
Visual Arts: Understanding the Arts in Context, Levels 1 - 5

Before you come to Puke Ariki, please read our Visiting Guidelines and claim your subsidised bus travel.


Contact the Education Team on (06) 759 6710 or email edpukeariki@npdc.govt.nz