New Zealand Embassy Ha Noi, Viet Nam
Telling a Story: New Zealand Ambassador visits Hanoi Museum
New Zealand Ambassador Haike Manning has made his first visit to Hanoi Museum, to meet Museum Director Mr Nguyen Tien Da and members of the Hanoi Museum Project Management Unit.
The visit enabled Ambassador Manning to view current exhibits, and to receive a briefing on future plans for developing the interior design for the museum.
New Zealand has a particular interest in this work, as New Zealand company Story Inc was contracted to deliver plans for an innovative and interesting interior design in 2010 when the Hanoi Museum was opened. Story Inc has been involved in many world-class museum and exhibition design projects around the world, including New Zealand’s own national museum, Te Papa, and the New Zealand Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai Expo.
Ambassador Manning noted that Story Inc’s designs have not yet been implemented. But he highlighted that future collaboration between Story Inc and the museum on design work would build an important cultural bridge between New Zealand and Viet Nam.
Asked to provide comment on the Museum’s current lay-out and success in attracting visitors, Ambassador Manning noted that while modern museums retained the important function of protecting and conserving historical artefacts, they also increasingly played a role to explain history to younger generations in exciting and creative ways that captured the imagination of visitors. He urged the museum to develop itself as a unique and interactive space able to attract both local residents and foreign tourists.
Information on New Zealand’s national museum Te Papa can be found here.