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auckland war memorial museum 2006 |2007 Lion Foundation Event Centre Literally the crown of the Stage II development, the Event Centre,which sits immediately beneath the glass and copper dome, opened to reveal virtually 360o views of Auckland. Its enthusiastic acceptance by the people of Auckland was witnessed by the large crowds who queued to visit it over the January holiday period. Equally impressive has been the bookings by the corporate sector for functions. The beauty of the centre as a function space is that, although it is embedded within a Museum, the design ensures that the usual issues of security for the collections and the set-up costs that normally accompany events held in a museum do not present the same level of difficulty. Consequently, the Event Centre has far exceeded the Museum's expectation in terms of profitability and the demand shows no sign of slackening. Celebrate Franklin Auckland Museum's first outreach exhibition was Celebrating Franklin, timed to coincide with the opening of Franklin: The Centre. It proved highly popular and Franklin residents came from throughout the district to see the exhibition which was curated especially for Franklin District Council by the Auckland Museum. Celebrating Franklin acknowledged the rich history of the Franklin district and its outstanding contribution to the country's agriculture and textile industry as well as its cultural and sporting landscape. Franklin was the first area to participate in Auckland Museum's regional touring initiative, an initiative that will see the Museum take mainly pictorial exhibitions to civic centres throughout the wider Auckland region. "The feedback was really positive," says Franklin: The Centre project co.ordinator, David Manton.