The Story of Managahāwea

The Story of Managahāwea

Russell Museum’s new exhibition, The Story of Managahāwea is a fascinating look at an extremely early site of first arrivals from Polynesia. Beneath the soil of its beautiful beachfront, archaeological evidence from a series of excavations under the...
Saltwater in our Veins

Saltwater in our Veins

Ko Ahau Anō Tētahi i Reira, Saltwater in our Veins is another Russell Museum to Tuia 250, the national commemoration taking place in October 2019. Scrimshaw trophy on loan from Russell Boating Club An ambitious new exhibition charting the Bay’s long and...
Paradise Lost

Paradise Lost

Russell Museum is presently preparing itself for the gala opening of a prestigious gallery exhibition which is transferring from Wellington direct to Russell Museum, opening on April 6th. The exhibition is called “Paradise Lost, Daniel Solander’s Legacy” and...
New music, old instrument – #71

New music, old instrument – #71

For a brief time today, Russell Museum was filled with music of a “historical kind” as its Harmonium or American Parlour Organ was put through its paces by a young visitor from Brisbane.  This imposing cedar giant, seven foot high, with a width at keyboard of 3 feet 8...
Cooks and Whale Tales  – #72

Cooks and Whale Tales – #72

In 1791, the British whaler William and Ann, under American Captain Bunker’s command, hunted whales in New Zealand waters.  News that whales were plentiful spread and British and American interests began developing the South Pacific whaling grounds, with the British...