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Exhibition

Taku Tāmaki – Auckland Stories South at MIT Manukau

Daily until Mar 2017, 9am - 5pm
MIT Manukau Campus, Manukau Train Station, Davies Ave, Manukau, Free

Celebrating the people and places of this diverse community, Taku Tāmaki – Auckland Stories South is the first Auckland Museum exhibition to be held in South Auckland.

Exhibition

Home Front - Experiences of the First World War in New Zealand

26 FEB 2016 - 8 JAN 2017
SAINSBURY HORROCKS GALLERY, FREE WITH MUSEUM ENTRY

Focusing on life 'at home' during the First World War, the Home Front exhibition will explore how the events half a world away shaped lives at home. This is the third in a series of WWI Centenary commemorative exhibitions.

Shopping

3D Puzzle - Auckland War Memorial Museum

NZ $29.99 FROM THE MUSEUM STORE

See if you can re-create the Museum in your own home with this 82-piece 3D puzzle.

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Display

Treaty of Waitangi exhibit

On display from THU 10 Mar
Māori Court, free with Museum entry

Ka toro haere tēnei whakaaturanga i ētahi o ngā tātai kōrero mō Te Tiriti o Waitangi me nga āhuatanga o ngā whakataunga Tiriti ki Tāmaki Makaurau nei. This display explores some of the history surrounding the Treaty of Waitangi and Treaty settlement process here in Auckland.

Event

LATE at Auckland Museum

Season nine, Aug - Nov 2016
Events Centre

Join us for our annual LATE series of curated evenings, including panel discussions, live performances, late-night exhibition openings, and delicious food and drink.

Display

Wartime weddings

ON Display from Wed 20 Apr
WWII Hall of Memories

Marriage in wartime was far from conventional. This display celebrates two memorable weddings from the First and Second World Wars.

Guest lecture

How to clone a mammoth

Wed 12 Oct, 6.30pm
AUDITORIUM, FREE, please register to ensure a seat

Could extinct species, like mammoths and passenger pigeons, be brought back to life? What are the chances that the science fiction of Jurassic Park will someday become science fact? In this lecture, Beth Shapiro, ancient DNA scientist and author of How to Clone a Mammoth, will discuss the real science behind the emerging idea known as 'de-extinction'.

Event

LATE: The Taste of Inequality

TUE 11 OCT, 6pm
Event Centre, ADULTS $20, STUDENTS AND INSTITUTE MEMBERS $10

In the sprawling city of Auckland, neighbourhoods have varying access to life’s necessities. What are ‘food deserts’ and are they here to stay? How can food bring communities together?

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WW100

Passchendaele 99th Commemoration

Wed 12 Oct 2016, 11am
WWI Sanctuary, Level 2

In October 1917, in the farmlands of Belgium, New Zealand suffered one of its greatest tragedies; the battle of Passchendaele marked the greatest loss of life for New Zealand in any military engagement.

Kids and Family

Discovery Trail

Sat and Sun (except School Holidays) from 3 Sep - 27 Nov 2016, All day
Weird & Wonderful, Free with Museum Entry

Discover amazing things as you investigate and explore the fascinating creatures and curiosities of the Weird & Wonderful gallery.

Research

Pacific Collection Access Project

27 May 2016 - 30 May 2019

Auckland Museum is opening up access to its Pacific treasures collection and creating stronger connections with Auckland’s Pacific communities.

WW100

Community Cenotaph

Offsite and Online
Various locations until 2018

Look out for our roadshow unit in your community as we come to discover, connect and share stories of those who served.

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General

September on the Somme

On 15 September 1916 New Zealand soldiers joined the Battle of the Somme, one of the bloodiest battles of the time. Letters and images from those involved tell us of the horrors.

Exhibition

Volume: Making Music in Aotearoa

28 Oct 2016 - 21 May 2017
SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS HALL, FREE WITH MUSEUM ENTRY

Celebrate the music of our nation with Volume: Making Music in Aotearoa, the first-ever major exhibition of New Zealand music. A home-grown, hands-on, ears-on exhibition, Volume explores the soundtracks of our lives through vibrant and interactive displays.

Event
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Night at Auckland Museum: Time Warped

SAT 1, WED 5 and FRI 7 OCT, 6PM - 8.30pm, For ages 5 - 12 years
ADULTS AND CHILDREN $15, INSTITUTE MEMBERS $10, GROUPS OF 10 OR MORE $10. ENTRY VIA ATRIUM

Bring your family and a torch and explore Auckland Museum at night. You'll be surprised at who you meet!

Offsite

Pacific Language Week Celebrations

Mon 5 Sep - Fri 28 Oct, 10am - 2.30pm
MANUKAU PUBLIC LIBRARY OR MIT MANUKAU CAMPUS, MANUKAU TRAIN STATION, DAVIES AVE, MANUKAU, FREE

Join Pasifika artists and creatives as they bring the Taku Tāmaki – Auckland Stories South exhibition alive with the sounds, language, creativity and dynamism of Pacific culture.

Kids and Family

Storytime

Sat and Sun (except School Holidays) from 3 Sep - 27 Nov 2016, 11 - 11.30am and 2 - 2.30pm
Weird and Wonderful, Free with Museum entry

Gather ’round for a fun and interactive storytelling experience in our Weird & Wonderful gallery. Bring the whole family to Storytime — and get ready to listen, learn, clap and play.

Future Museum

Teu le Vā: The Pacific Dimension at Auckland Museum

Auckland Museum is proud to have a strong Pacific dimension, and is working to build on this to ensure our Pacific collections and communities are embraced and celebrated.

Shopping

Museum Store

Whether you're looking for quality gifts or a special memento of your visit, the Museum has the best in gifts and souvenirs.

Strategic plan

Read Future Museum

Our 20 year strategic plan guiding a process of transformational change over the next two decades.

Online Cenotaph

Wiremu Paora

Lance Corporal Wiremu Paora (Ngāti Whātua) served in the First World War as part of the Pioneer Māori Battalion. He was injured in the battle of the Somme.

Offsite

In Your Libraries

Wednesdays and Thursdays, Terms 3 and 4
9.30am, 11am and 1pm, Free

Auckland Museum's Library Outreach Programme is coming to a library near you! Join our educators as they explore Māori and Pacific culture and language in bilingual or full immersion sessions.

Library

New books in the Library

Have you been inspired and want to learn more about topics explored at the Auckland Museum? Come and visit the Museum Library and read more about them.

Get involved

Make a donation

Help us do more. Donate now and be part of your Museum’s journey to stimulate inspiration, learning and enjoyment.

Display

Ili (fans)

In celebration of Tuvalu Language Week (26 Sep – 1 Oct 2016) we have installed three ili in our Te Kākano display case. Kelesoma Saloa selected the works and wrote both the English and Tuvalu language labels.

War Memorial

Online Cenotaph

Online Cenotaph is our digital social space where enthusiasts, families, and researchers can share and contribute to the records of those who served for Aotearoa New Zealand.

Event

Art Classes - Observational Drawing

This programme gives students the opportunity to observe and draw items of cultural and community significance from across the Museum collection.

#MuseTech

The challenge of photographing the miniature

By Dave Sanderson
Thu, 22 Sep 2016

Open collections demand high-quality collections photography. But how do you reach this level of quality when the objects you're capturing are as small as 5mm? Dave Sanderson explains how our Collection Imaging team does it.

Explore and discover

Search the collection

Search more than one million catalogue records from Auckland Museum’s natural sciences, human history and documentary heritage collections.

Online Cenotaph

Te Rangiataahua Kiniwe Royal

Te Rangiataahua Kiniwe Royal (Ngāti Ruakawa, Ngāti Tamaterā) fought in both the First and Second World Wars. He was Major in command of the 28th Māori Battalion's B Company when he was injured near Gazala in Libya.

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