42 Queen Street, New Plymouth
Open six days a week: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm. Closed Tuesdays and Christmas Day.
Museum of contemporary art
The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery is New Zealand’s museum of contemporary art. The latest addition to the Govett-Brewster – the Len Lye Centre – is New Zealand’s first institution dedicated to a single artist, the pioneering filmmaker and kinetic sculptor, Len Lye.
With its curved exterior walls of mirror-like stainless steel, the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre is the country’s first example of destination architecture linked to contemporary art and is one of the country’s most iconic buildings.
Experience innovative and provocative work by New Zealand and international artists, four-monthly changing exhibitions, talks, tours, art-making, workshops, and a varying selection of works from the Len Lye Foundation Collection and Archive.
The 62-seat Len Lye Centre Cinema is a welcoming environment to experience Len Lye’s films, local and international cinema, arthouse and experimental films, cult classics and film festivals. Tickets available online or at the Govett-Brewster Shop.
For something a little different, the Govett-Brewster Shop is not your usual tat. Contemporary design and objects of inspiration, jewellery, Len Lye and Govett-Brewster merchandise, books, gift cards, kids stuff and limited edition collaborations mean you’ll definitely need to add extra time to your visit.
Monica’s Eatery, next door to the Govett-Brewster, is an international cafe inspired by the life and spirit of Monica Brewster, a globetrotter even before the golden age of air travel and founding patron of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. Open seven days for Italian inspired cuisine – breakfast, lunch and dinner. www.monicaseatery.co.nz