A LOTR museum for Wellington

August 31st, 2013 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

The long quest to build a Lord of the Rings museum in appears close to an end, with city councillor John Morrison confirming plans for a site in the city centre.

Mr Morrison, a mayoral candidate and leader of the council’s events portfolio, said Sir Peter Jackson’s team was investigating two possible sites, which he understood to be Shed 1 on the waterfront and the old CitiOps building at the southern end of Tory St.

Planning was still in the early stages, but it was an exciting prospect, he said.

“From a Wellington point of view, we’re very thrilled about it being in Wellington. We’re not involved directly, but we’ve had a very interested eye on this process. …

A film museum would be a big draw for Wellington tourism. A Lord of the Rings exhibition at Te Papa in 2002, returning in 2006, drew 325,000 people and remains its most popular exhibit.

The Lord of the Rings film trilogy gave New Zealand visitor numbers a big boost, from 1.8 million in 2000 to 2.4 million in 2006.

Positively Wellington Tourism chief executive David Perks said it would present a great opportunity.

The Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit had become a big part of the Wellington story.

“A permanent attraction around film would give us a way of telling those stories every day of the year.

An museum would be hugely popular. I recall the Te Papa exhibition, which was excellent.

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13 Responses to “A LOTR museum for Wellington”

  1. Tom Jackson (2,458 comments) says:

    A museum for a fake history…

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  2. Harriet (4,532 comments) says:

    “…A museum for a fake history…”

    “Attraction” can longer be sold by $500k a year marketing teams.

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  3. Tom Jackson (2,458 comments) says:

    Y’know, one of the most depressing things in human existence is being told that you’re absolutely and definitely wrong about some historical fact because your interlocutor holds with unshakeable confidence some “fact” he or she gleaned from a television dramatisation of the events.

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  4. Anthony (768 comments) says:

    What a bunch of sourpusses – a museum to show off the creative talents of Wellington based enterprises that put together a fictional but entertaining story.

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  5. Longknives (4,471 comments) says:

    I enjoyed the Lord of the Rings but my god the Hobbit was a steaming turd of a film!
    Nobody in NZ has the guts to admit it…(choosing to ignore what critics said and continue to delude themselves with this ‘Wellywood’ bullshit)

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  6. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    What?

    The LOTR is a book and a movie FFS.

    Rotorua is about to build a “Once were Warriors” museum.

    Kaitaia has its “Good bye Pork ” Pie Museum.

    Personally I await “The Shortland Street” museum being opened in Auckland.!!!

    I hope Pete and his team are paying for it or will the ever generous rate payer have it added to his tab.

    A film museum would be a big draw for Wellington tourism. A Lord of the Rings exhibition at Te Papa in 2002, returning in 2006, drew 325,000 people and remains its most popular exhibit

    Thats because it was the only thing in the dump at the time.

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  7. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    A film museum would be a big draw for Wellington tourism. A Lord of the Rings exhibition at Te Papa in 2002, returning in 2006, drew 325,000 people and remains its most popular exhibit

    And slightly off topic.

    That statement is a damning indictment on Te Papa, the fact that an exhibit relating to a fiction has been the most popular exhibit in a museum is unbelievable. The CEO, the board and everyone connected with that shithouse should be dismissed for incompetence.

    We live in a world with great art collections, fantastic natural history and engineering marvels – but the so called national museum puts on an exhibit relating to plastic swords and make up. And uses tax payer money. The place is a disgrace .

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  8. my 2 cents (1,091 comments) says:

    Well at least we know who the Dompost wants for Mayor.

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  9. dime (9,472 comments) says:

    wouldnt it be more sensible to keep an attraction at te papa?

    “That statement is a damning indictment on Te Papa, the fact that an exhibit relating to a fiction has been the most popular exhibit in a museum is unbelievable. ”

    i disagree. if there was a huge star wars exhibition in some other city i was visiting, id go to that before a national museum.

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  10. Bad__Cat (137 comments) says:

    Tom Jackson (974) Says:
    August 31st, 2013 at 11:14 am
    A museum for a fake history…

    About as fake ( but more honest) than the sanitised crap peddled about the noble whanau that comprise our Tangata Whenua.

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  11. mandk (824 comments) says:

    @ Anthony,
    Agreed. The grumpy gits are out in force today.
    I didn’t enjoy LOTR 2 & 3, but I celebrate the fact that the films were popular.
    And I recognise that the Hobbit was not to everyone’s taste, but a whole lot of people did enjoy it, and it has helped to create wealth and opportunities for many NZers.
    I hope the museum will be roaring success.

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  12. Longknives (4,471 comments) says:

    Are ‘Honkies’ even allowed in Te Papa?? (I know pregnant/menstruating women aren’t…)

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  13. Tom Jackson (2,458 comments) says:

    That statement is a damning indictment on Te Papa, the fact that an exhibit relating to a fiction has been the most popular exhibit in a museum is unbelievable.

    Why blame the museum? The public are the ones who flocked to it.

    Crap museum though.

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