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Govett-Brewster Art Gallery

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Address: Queen Street, New Plymouth, New Zealand
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+64 6-759 6060
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The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery building is currently closed for earthquake...

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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We really enjoyed the contemporary approach to modern design and although surrounded by period design of early settlement the building makes a gentle statement of integration

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Auckland, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Govett-Brewster is a striking, shimmering building that catches the eye immediately. Take photos from the outside. Don't bother going in — there isn't much to see. I wasted 45 minutes inside and I don't think I'll be going back.

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Thank David C
Auckland, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The building looks lovely, but the artwork inside is not really art and modernist fluff. If you like swashes of paint on boards and metal bands banging up and down, this is the place for you, usual snooty staff with noses up in the air.

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Thank Traveltane
Greater London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a great place , both inside and out! And it's FREE. never come across Len Lye's work before and we found it so interesting. The moving displays inside catch you by surprise -simple looking structures when still, then they start to move and create noise. Loved it. Different. New. Exciting. The gallery also has quite a few other exhibits,... More 

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Thank evamitch
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We really enjoyed the contemporary approach to modern design and although surrounded by period design of early settlement the building makes a gentle statement of integration

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Thank terrymiles007
Whakatane, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were spending time with family and looking for things to do. We enjoyed our visit. The Len Lye exhibit was fascinating. The children were enthralled and so were the adults. Well worth a visit to appreciate the talents of local artists.

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Thank philfi2016
Wellington, New Zealand
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had vaguely heard of Len Lye through his work in creating the wind wand in New Plymouth, but I didn't know much else. I had a chance to stop in at the exhibit to learn a bit more. A bit eccentric, as artists can be, Len Lye created some truly interesting pieces of work. Adding movement to sculpture has... More 

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Thank Jarett C
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A good introduction to some kiwi women artists, not just Len Lye and his kinetic art. Appreciated the local flavour and the frank description of the Waitara issues. Recommend timing visit to see Len Lye's 'Flip and two twisters'. We missed last performance at 3pm. I believe it is also on at 11am and 1pm. The building itself is a... More 

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Thank Grant G
Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is not your average art gallery and does provide a different perspective of art. It was worth going to see the exhibits and to read about the artists. A good wet day activity.

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Thank Sue C
Whakatane
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Incredible structure and photo opportunity. Wet weather activity. Time visit to see live displays. some unusual exhibits. Children may not be too interested, depending on their ages

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Orange, New South Wales, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went to the gallery as a wet weather activity & was worried that the place would be crowded there were definitely a lot of people there but the height of the ceilings & the spaces just absorb all of us entranced with al unusual displays So it was a great day pity the Len Lyle show only 3 times... More 

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