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Gallipoli: The Scale of Our War opened April 2015 in commemoration of the centenary of the ANZAC campaign and has been educating and amazing millions of visitors ever since. Four years after opening, there are still daily queues of interested patrons of all ages as well as people revisiting.
The creative geniuses of the Weta workshop spent over 24000 hours creating 2.4 scale models of eight New Zealanders who found themselves in extraordinary situations during the Gallipoli campaign of World War 1. The highly detailed models create an emotional impact especially when you stop to read their stories. The aggressive figure of Lieutenant Spencer Westmacott sets the tone of the exhibition that there is no escaping conflict.
This is a powerful exhibition that is full of graphic, immersive and interactive exhibits. There are 3D maps, dioramas, a life-size dugout, state of the art audio visual technology as well as real diary entries and photographs.
Te Papa offers early bird entry to the exhibition for $15 a person, this can be booked online and gives one the chance to skip the queue and enter thirty minutes early. You really need to spend at least one hour inspecting the exhibits and if you read, watched and interacted with everything you would be there for a very long time.