Messing About in Boats


Come and see the curiosities in the Museum's collection. Join us for an exhibition with a difference!

Highlights include painted whale ear bones decorated to look like faces, a sextant-type Stadimeter used for measuring the distance of enemy warships, and an early Troughton and Sims Theodolite that was used by the Auckland Harbour Board in setting out Auckland’s wharves.There are also paintings and photographs including some wonderful photos from acclaimed early 20th century photographer, Aucklander Henry Winkelmann.

Some of the unusual objects have never been on display before and it's not always clear what they are. Local children have had a sneak peak and written down their ideas, resulting in a hilarious record of the magic of a child's imagination. Thanks to them, there's a Whale Mood Detector, a Rapid Fire Chocolate Shooter, a Lolly that prevents Seasickness, and a Telescope that can see to the Other Side of the World but only in Black and White!

Messing About in Boats – Curiosities from the Collection is an interactive exhibition for all visitors. Come and be inspired by the brilliance of the kids’ labels and have a go at creating your own.