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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.

Smart Talk
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ANTARCTICA - while you were sleeping: Smart Talk

SAT 25 MAR, 6:30PM
Auditorium, ADULTS $15, STUDENTS & INSTITUTE MEMBERS $10

What happens in Antarctica has a significant impact on the entire planet. We know about climate change, but what are we doing about it?

Event
Offsite

BioBlitz 2017

FRI 24 MAR 10AM-11PM & SAT 25 MAR 7AM-4PM
FREE, SHED 2, CORBAN ESTATE ARTS CENTRE, HENDERSON

Join us at BioBlitz, an opportunity to become a citizen scientist over 24 hours.

Event
Offsite

Pasifika Festival

Sat 25 and Sun 26 Mar
Western Springs Park

Engage your senses with the amazing sights and sounds of our pacific cultures.

Event

ANTARCTICA - while you were sleeping

World Premiere - FRI 24, SAT 25, SUN 26 MARCH, 8.30PM-11PM, 45-Minute Loop
MUSEUM EXTERIOR, FREE

Come and experience this incredible cinematic spectacle as a full-scale Antarctic iceberg is projected onto the walls of the Museum and set to the true-to-life soundtrack of ice cracking and water flowing.

Exhibition

华夏人与长白云故乡 Being Chinese in Aotearoa: A photographic journey

10 Feb 2017 - Feb 2018
Sainsbury Horrocks Gallery

Being Chinese in Aotearoa: A photographic journey celebrates Chinese life in New Zealand.

Volume
Offsite

Tūī Tuia: Traditional Māori Music

Free, PAPAKURA ART GALLERY, 10 AVERILL ST, PAPAKURA
MON 27 MAR - SAT 29 APR, 9AM - 5PM (Sat 10AM - 2PM, Sun closed)

This exhibition explores Tāonga Pūoro and the music of Hirini Melbourne, an artist who has been key to the revival of traditional Māori music.

Volume

Volume Sunday Sessions: Rubita, Helen Corry, Vallkyrie

Sun 26 Mar, 12 - 2pm
ATRIUM, FREE WITH MUSEUM ENTRY

March will feature the Latin swings and pop ties of Rubita’s modern-day take on jazz, the sounds of dynamic live performer Helen Corry and epic South Auckland artists Vallkyrie.

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.

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.

Blog

Charles Reginald Ford and the Discovery Expedition

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

In 1902, a British expedition travelled south of the Antarctic Circle with the joint goals of scientific study and geographical discovery.

General

Tractor drive to the South Pole

Monday, 20 March 2017
In 1958, Edmund Hillary and company became the first party to reach the South Pole by motor vehicle as part of the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition.
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

RSNZ Lecture - Sir Venkatraman Ramakrishnan: Antibiotics and the cell’s protein factory

ADULTS $20, RSNZ Members and Friends $17, professional members (MRSNZ) $15
Tuesday, 4 April 2017, 6:00 PM

We are delighted to host Nobel Prize-winning biologist, President of the Royal Society of London, UK Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Dr Venki Ramakrishnan.

Volume
Offsite

Drum Line

1 Apr 2017, 10am - 2.30pm
Te Oro Community Centre, Glen Innes

Head to Te Oro Community Centre to experience the best ethnic and contemporary drumming in Auckland.

Volume

Volume Sunday Sessions: Alae, Seth Haapu, Iva Lamkum

Sun 26 Feb, 12 - 3pm
Atrium, Free with museum entry

February will feature the unique sounds of kiwi duo Alae, the velvet voice of singer-songwriter Seth Haapu and critically acclaimed singer Iva Lamkum.

Kids and Family

Storytime

Sat and Sun, 11-11.30am and 2pm-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.

Café

Columbus Coffee

OPEN DAILY FROM 9.30AM - 5PM
Atrium, Auckland Museum

Located in the Atrium of Auckland Museum, Columbus is known for its superb coffee and delicious range of freshly prepared meals and treats.

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.

Buy now
WW100
Offsite

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.

Email us
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.

Volume

Making Volume: The objects

BY AUCKLAND MUSEUM
FRI 17 MAR

How do you track down the ephemera, outfits, guitars, and key-tars of seven decades of music - then safely bring these to the Museum for seven months of display in Volume?

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.

Event

Slow Art Day

SAT 8 APR 2017, 2PM
Library Reading Room, FREE WITH MUSEUM ENTRY

Get up close to a selection of treasures from the Museum's collection.

Volume
Offsite

The Pā Boys film screening

TUE, 11 APR 2017, 7.30PM
HAWKIN'S THEATRE, 13 RAY SMALL DRIVE, PAPAKURA, FREE

The Pā Boys follows a reggae band as they embark on a tour 'down north,' from Wellington to Cape Reinga.

Volume
Offsite

Pukepuke ‘o Tonga Presents Lomipeau Fika ‘Uluaki ‘o Aotearoa

Free, Māngere Arts Centre - Ngā Tohu o Uenuku, Corner Bader Drive and Orly Avenue, Māngere
SAT 8 APR, 11AM-6PM

This daylong event celebrates the launch of the ‘Lomipeau Fika ‘Uluaki ‘o Aotearoa’ album.

Kids and Family

Discovery Trail

Saturdays and Sundays, 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.

Volume

Louis Baker - 'Love'

VOLUME MUSEUM SESSIONS
Singer-songwriter Louis Baker performs his original song 'Love' in our He Taonga Māori gallery.
Event

Art Observational Drawing

Students have the opportunity to explore Auckland Museum galleries and select objects to inspire their own work and portfolios.

Anzac Day

Illuminate 2017: New Zealanders on the Western Front

Sat 22 - Mon 24 Apr 2016, 6.30 - 10pm
Northern Façade, Free

Bring a blanket and sit under the stars to view rarely seen footage from the Western Front projected onto the outside of the Museum.

Event

Kiwi Kids Music Festival

SAT 22 AND SUN 23 APR, SAT 29, 11AM and 1PM. AND SUN 30 APR, 10:30AM AND 2:30PM
ATRIUM, FREE WITH MUSEUM ENTRY
Join Kiwi Kids Music for the best music for kids and families, made right here in Aotearoa, New Zealand!
Volume
Offsite

Base FM Cover Story, Part 2

SAT 22 APR - SAT 13 MAY 2017
Studio One Toi Tū, 1 Ponsonby Rd, Free

NZ Records That Shaped NZ Dance Floors. The second Base FM Cover Story exhibition expands to include the greater Auckland DJ community, with the focus on New Zealand records which shaped Auckland dance floors over the last 25+ years.

WW100

Celebrating two years of citizen research with Online Cenotaph

We mark the second anniversary of Online Cenotaph by celebrating the achievements of one of our most prolific contributors.
Research

Nai Yau Vakaviti: Na Ka Mareqeti

FIJI COLLECTION PROJECT
OCT 2016 - JUNE 2017

Treasures from Fiji are the second collection group to be explored, which includes over 1500 objects. 'Nai Yau Vakaviti: Na Ka Mareqeti' is the name the Fijian community has gifted to the project.

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.

Competition

ANTARCTICA - while you were sleeping - Student VIP Competition

Fri 24 Mar 2017
Auckland Museum, Free

On opening night, Joseph Michael and the crew of ANTARCTICA - while you were sleeping will host up to 10 students and their guardians for a VIP experience of the artwork.

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.

WW100

Flight enthusiast Harold Butterworth

Harold Butterworth, an Auckland-born pilot, kept a diary during his time with the RFC. It displayed his passion for flying as well as the innovative technologies and methods trialled by the RFC during WWI, which changed the shape of the war.

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.

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.

War Memorial

Pou Maumahara Memorial Discovery Centre

Now open

Our new Memorial Discovery Centre, Pou Maumahara is a place for visitors to research and make personal discoveries about New Zealand servicemen and women.

WW100

Private Te Kuru and the Pioneers

Private Te Kuru served in the "Pioneers", an important battalion which prepared battlefields for infantry and artillery. Piki carried out this dangerous work at the Western Front in the latter part of the First World War. Explore more of Piki's story.

Event

Fazioli International Piano Recital Series

28 APR - 3 NOV 2017
Auditorium, Adults $50, concessions available

Back for a 10th season, the legendary Fazioli Piano Recital Series returns to the Museum for four stellar performances.

Event

Military Working Dog Display

SAT 25 MAR, 11.30AM
FREE, outside museum's southern entrance

Watch the RNZAF's working dogs in action as we celebrate 50 years of the Military Working Dog Unit.

Online Cenotaph

The Sing Brothers Go to War

One of the comics from the Being Chinese in Aotearoa exhibit explores the story of Private Herbert Stanley Sing, a brave signaller who served with the Auckland Infantry Regiment in the First World War.

Online Cenotaph

Determined to Serve: Ambulance Driver Gladys Sandford

By Sophie Coombe
Gladys Sandford is considered to be both a pioneering driver and aviator. She was the first female in New Zealand to receive a pilot's licence.
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Our 20 year strategic plan guiding a process of transformational change over the next two decades.
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Collection

Maamingidae: A family of insects unique to NZ

Two tiny insects puzzled entomologists for many years - where did they belong in the grand classification scheme of the Hymenoptera (ants, bees, wasps, and parasistic wasps)?

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