Location Scout Museum Building, Massey University

Today I met with Phillip Harris, Campus Events and Conference Coordinator at the Museum Building, Tokomaru, Massey University of Wellington. He was gracious with his time and showed me around the venue, answering all my questions.

I started my tour by getting some shots of the outside of the building. The covered entrance makes for great shots, in either good or lousy weather.

The weather today was not great, however the building photographs really well.

The first port of call with Phillip was the foyer which is where a lot of wedding ceremonies are held. It is a light, open space that is quite large. Enough for over 100 people, with grand staircases on either side for the bride and groom to make entrances from.

A view from the balcony looking down to the foyer of the Museum Building.

A cool feature in this space is the bronze kiwis on the Bannister’s. They reminded me of the hidden Mickey’s in Disneyland! Once you were aware of them, you kept noticing them…

The bronze Kiwis were especially noticeable once you became aware of them- and looked around.

The Great Hall is one of the largest rooms in New Zealand. It is especially impressive now that there is no large Museum displays in there like I remember as a child. It certainly takes your breath away when you walk in and look up!

Looking east in the great Hall an impressive and fully restored venue space for balls, weddings, dinners, displays and exhibitions.

The other gem is the Tea Gardens, a room located in the back of the Museum Building, it was actually a tea room back in the day prior to the Wellington Cafe scene. There is a photo of the room back in the 50’s in the hallway leading to the Theatrette which shows the room in full swing with swankily dressed folk enjoying high tea. The room was being set up for a wedding, so I did not include a picture. You can get more information on venue hire at Massey here.

View of the stairwell with stained glass windows and railings. A great spot for a bridal portrait.

Overall, it is great to see a venue that offers so much in the heart of Wellington, that works for photography even on rainy days. It is for sure a space that I would recommend to anyone looking for a classic, elegant space to hold a corporate event or wedding. To view the venue’s website click here.

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