Astronomical amounts are being spent on earthquake-strengthening and upgrading museums and other arts institutions around the country. Whanganui's revamped Regional Museum reopened to the public two weeks ago, a few months behind schedule. But the whole project cost three-and-a-half-million dollars over two years. That covered seismic strengthening, refurbishment, collection-store upgrade and much more room for exhibits. Director Frank Stark talked with Lynn Freeman about what's been achieved.