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Journey into the past and discover the stories and sacrifices made by New Zealanders on the battlefields of World War One and on the home front.
The Great War Exhibition commemorates the very significant part that New Zealand played in the First World War.
The Exhibition takes you on a journey to war-time New Zealand, from the home front onto the battlefields of Gallipoli, the Middle East and Europe, helping us to understand and ignite conversation about the past and the present. Rich in personal stories and immersive experiences, the journey highlights the sacrifices that were made by New Zealanders on the First World War battlefields and also at home in wartime New Zealand.
Fuelled by the creative mind of Sir Peter Jackson, and his devoted team at WingNut Films along with the New Zealand Government, the exhibition offers a unique opportunity for visitors to see and feel a special part of New Zealand history, and to honour those lost in New Zealand's greatest tragedy, 100 years on.
The Great War Exhibition will be open until Armistice Day 2018 to ensure everyone has the opportunity to see this nationally significant exhibition. The Exhibition offers visitors guided tours which depart every 15 minutes.
The Great Hall of Wellington’s historic Dominion Museum houses the exhibition that depicts the world-wide story of the war in chronological order, exploring the changing face of the conflict as it affected those who fought it from 1914 – 1918.
A special space that focuses on New Zealand's story, this room begins its storytelling in 1915 with mobilisation and the seminal Gallipoli campaign, and touches on the incredible hardship that was suffered by New Zealands at Gallipoli. It was from the shared tragedy both home and away, that a special part of New Zealand’s national character was born.
The room contains a large scale diorama of the battlefield at Chunuk Bair featuring an army of over 5000 miniatures. It depicts that crucial battle where the Wellington Battalion took and defended the Turkish defences on the heights of the ridge line overlooking the Gallipoli beach head.
This new exhibit commemorates the centenary of the Battle of Jutland. Fought in the southern North Sea, near the coast of Denmark’s Jutland Peninsula in May 1916, the Battle of Jutland was not only the largest naval battle of the First World War, but also confirmed the British Navy’s dominance of the North Sea.
Memorabilia from the ship will be on display along with photographs and paintings telling the story of the Battle of Jutland and the Merchant Navy. A centrepiece of the exhibition is a pipe stand and tobacco holder made from the wood of HMS Iron Duke, the flagship of the British Grand Fleet under Admiral John Jellicoe. The piece is on loan from Sir Peter Jackson. Also featured in the exhibition are two model ships, one of the UNS Ibuki and the other of the RMS Niagara.