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Govett-Brewster Art Gallery

Queen Street, New Plymouth, New Zealand
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Stunning building

I share the perspective of several other reviewers in that the outside of the building is... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Linda K
Auckland, New Zealand
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In my humble opinion the outside of the building is better than the inside. Only a few kinetic... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery building is currently closed for earthquake strengthening, Gallery upgrades and construction of the Len Lye Centre. Opening mid 2015, the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre will consolidate New Plymouth as the home of Len Lye, provide permanent access to the Collection and Archive, and greatly enhance the Govett-Brewster's ability to deliver exceptional contemporary art projects for our audience. To follow our progress and view the Govett-Brewster Collection and Len Lye's work, see our website or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
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Queen Street, New Plymouth, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I share the perspective of several other reviewers in that the outside of the building is absolutely spectacular. To be fair, the internal architecture is also innovative, towering, spacious and an overall brilliant space for exhibiting large installations. I had hoped for several Len Lye...More

Thank Linda K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

In my humble opinion the outside of the building is better than the inside. Only a few kinetic sculptures are interesting the rest is definitely in the eye of the beholder. Thank goodness it's free entry. I wouldn't pay to see it. Cafe next door...More

Thank 95jeaninef
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A must to do in New Plymouth, if only to view the building from the inside. There is an excellent display of Len Lye's work.

Thank KiwiJo2016
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This building looks pretty cool from its photos and from outside. However we spent 20 minutes tops in there, and that was trying to get something positive out of it. Not much to see, mostly weird poles that look like they should be marking the...More

Thank Sarra H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The most interesting thing about this building is it's exterior. The exhibits inside were not very exciting at all and there was really not much to see.

Thank Natalie B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were lucky enough to enjoy a tour of this stunning gallery- without a guide I'm sure you would miss out on so much information. Our guide was knowledgable , articulate & entertaining, making it an enjoyable morning. The "skinny" mirrors on the exterior of...More

Thank phillipam2016
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We went to an exhibition held at the Len Lye Centre of a New Zealand artist who specialised in "Movement" Art and the gallery did a fantastic job in its display including an easy to follow movie of his work.

Thank Andrew N
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Its a very modern structure, the bare expanses of concrete walls inside seem like the inside of a building under construction. The exhibition we saw was bizarre, scaffolding poles, buckets of sand, plastic oranges on shelves, and radios playing white noise...the explanation of it left...More

Thank Becca C
Reviewed 11 July 2017

Loved the exterior of this building and the way it would change based on the weather. Modern Art is not really my thing, so the exterior was of more interest to me then the interior contents. But the kinetic works of Len Lye are beautiful...More

Thank jbjo13
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

We took our daughter out to the GBG since she is a huge art enthusiast. Some of the things we saw were fascinating that's for sure, but to say we saw beautiful art would be a lie... I guess beauty is in the eye of...More

Thank Robbies777
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