The mundune-looking Earthquake House has been with us since Te Papa opened in 1998. It simulates an aftershock of the 1987 Edgecumbe earthquake; the original quake being a magnitude 6.6. No doubt most parents (uncles, aunts and grandparents, babysitters …) have been dragged to the Earthquake House by shorter people. It’s now proposed that it be replaced with new exhibitions “integrated with new digital museum experiences.” Sounds exciting, but this end of an era is perhaps a good time to reflect on the joy and terror that the Earthquake House has brought to millions of children over the last 17 years.
JOIN US on Friday 22 May 4.40pm for our online discussion on Te Papa’s Earthquake House as part of our virtual launch of our givealittle site to fundraise for our involvement in the Basin Bridge High Court Appeal opposing NZTA.
Featuring: Alannah (age 5), Ben (age 8), Lewis (age 5) , and Rose (age 5 and a half)
For those of you for whom it’s been a while since you were in the earthquake house, here’s a 2min video of the experience inside …
And off we go with the Earthquake House.
First up, Ben (age 8) has a picture to share.
Ben says, “I like how there’s a TV that shows you something that happened, the earthquakes, and how part of it is fenced-off with things falling over. I also like how it looks like a house. It feels kind of like a real one. I think it would be cool to have bigger earthquakes in the house but not in real life.”
And another picture by Lisa (19 months).
And a video by Rose and Alannah (age 5 and 1/2, and 5).
And a picture by Anna.
And lastly, a picture by Lewis (age 5).