Sunday, February 26, 2012

Photohunt: Old

We have a Motat, Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT). MOTAT opened in 1964 and is the largest museum of transport, technology and social history in New Zealand, housing a number of outstanding collections. Encompassing 40 acres, on two sites, it presents a fascinating and informative record of many of the technological developments that have helped shape New Zealand. Major collections include Road Transport, Early Auckland, Primary Industries, Medical and Dental and Pioneers of Aviation. MOTAT is also proud to have a working Tram Section, and a large aviation collection including a Lancaster bomber and a Solent flying boat.

The museum is built on the site that once pumped water drawn from Western Springs Lake to early Auckland homes and businesses. The Pumphouse, with its magnificent Beam Engine, is now a focal point ­ it is one of only three working Beam Engines in the world.

The Pumphouse is one of two original buildings on the site, the other being the Engineer's Cottage in the Victorian Village. display old things.

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