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.

This year we will be offering three options for the Taranaki Life Gallery. Only one option will be available per visit.

Junior Students

New entrant to Year 10

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 Level 1-5
  • Visual Arts: Understanding the Arts in Context, Levels 1-5

Make a booking

Please read our visiting guidelines before making a booking enquiry.

Contact us on 06-759 6710 or edpukeariki@npdc.govt.nz for further information or to discuss your requirements with us directly.

Booking request details (Class 1)

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Booking request details (Class 4)

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