Tauranga residents and visitors are to be given the experience of what it is like to have an on tap source of historical information in the central city with the opening of a ‘pop up' museum this coming summer.
Tauranga Moana Museum trust is discussing sites with the city council, with the soon to be vacated Council admin building site in willow Street being the first preference.
“It is about community engagement. How do we engage the community? How do they learn about the region, the sites?” says Tauranga Museum trustee Anne Pankhurst.
Using technology rather than artifacts, the two shipping containers will tell some of the region's stories, the battle of Pukehinahina, or the 1000 years of settlement on Mauao. There will be information on where the sites are and how to get to them, says Anne.
“We will be telling those kinds of stories. Not in detail, because that's what a museum would do. But if you want to engage the community and keep the momentum of a museum running, this is one of those tools to do that.”
A presentation was made to the city council this week to give the councillors a view of what the museum trust is considering, says Anne.
Whether on the admin building site or across the road on Masonic Park, the pop up museum may be there for a couple of years or more depending on the speed of the civic centre project.
“Hence it's got to be reasonably portable,” says Anne.
“We are waiting on a site decision. Regardless, the museum trust will be putting in some kind of history hub. The site will decide size and scale. It's already the beginning of that story.
“We hope to have it up and running by summertime which will be great.”
Anne told councillors this week that there will be a ‘health tension' between the pop-up museum being too good, and not good enough.
“We don't want this to be seen as a replacement for a museum, and not that good that people go; ‘see I told you we don't need one'.
“We've got to get the balance right in the middle.”