Growing up – toys, treasures, and TV

What do children care about? What do they play with? How do they learn? How can museums represent the experiences of young people?

Included here are stories exploring what it is like to grow up in Aotearoa New Zealand, and objects showing how childhoods have changed.

From Play School to Plunket, critters to kites, the taonga in our collections provide glimpses into the lives and perspectives of tamariki and young people, but also show how adults have taught, entertained, dressed, photographed and cared for the children in their lives.