Best Reached by Rail

Exhibition venue detail

Opening date
03 Aug 2020
Closing date
30 Jul 2021
Take a journey into New Zealand’s domestic tourism heritage through this showcase of original railway posters of the 1930s and ‘40s.

Advertising posters designed by the New Zealand Railways Department’s publicity studio encouraged Kiwis to choose rail for their holiday transportation.

Featuring vivacious figures and picturesque landscapes, these sometimes quirky posters offer a chance to reflect on how New Zealanders of the past holidayed and explored their own ‘backyard’.

These MOTAT collection items were conserved in collaboration with Toi o Tāmaki Auckland Art Gallery. To preserve the posters’ condition, they will be displayed in pairs for two months at a time.

Taking the Train, Taking the Waters, 3 August to 1 October 2020

Iconic Landscapes, 2 October to 3 December 2020

Special Occasions, 4 December to 28 January 2021

Keeping Kiwis on the Rails 1, 29 January to 01 April 2021

Keeping Kiwis on the Rails 2, 2 April to 27 May 2021

Old World Influence, 28 May to 30 July 2021

Please note this exhibition is accessible during the opening times of the Walsh Memorial Library, Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm.

The rail poster collection can also be viewed on Collections Online.


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