Govett-Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre, New Plymouth

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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, an ever-changing exhibition programme, talks about the art, tours and art making.

The 62-seat Len Lye Centre Cinema is a welcoming environment for audiences to experience Len Lye’s films, experimental, arthouse and cult films, and regular film festival programming. Tickets are 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, cool 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 art 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 breakfast, lunch and dinner. Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for New Plymouth using our trip planner.
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  • Amazing museum. Stylish, modern, interesting, Amazing museum. Stylish, modern, interesting, Highly recommended to visit  more »
  • Very hard to follow the art and some of it was strange and not really what I would call art but I guess it comes down to taste  more »
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  • Travelled up from Wellington to see this gallery and the Len Lye works. From the outside it is fantastic. Inside it was a disappointment. I had expected to see more than just the 3 Lye sculptures on display. The staff were very helpful and friendly but to come all the way from Wellington and stay the night just to see 3 pieces and pay $15 felt like a rip off. The rest of the gallery was taken up with another artist from Korea who had a load of Venetian blinds, chairs and some odd fluffy stuff for which there was no explanation. How about putting a few more of the Len Lye works into it. After all it is the Len Lye centre.
  • Too confusing. Worst wayfaring signage in a public building I have ever experienced. You can see it all in 10 minutes. More staff than visitors. No way it's worth $15 pp. One to miss.
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