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David Attenborough's Zoo Quest


Catch the very best of Sir David Attenborough's early Zoo Quest TV adventures in the Origins Gallery.


LATE 2017: Home Sweet Home? A Question of Immigration

Event Centre, ADVANCE TICKETS $25, INSTITUTE MEMBERS AND STUDENTS $20*, DOOR SALES $30** *With valid student ID **Door sales subject to availability

Join us for the first event of our annual LATE series of curated evenings and panel discussions.

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Past Event

Te Iwa o Matariki Short Film Screening

DAILY MON 17 - SAT 22 JUL. 11:30AM, 12:30PM and 2PM (15 MINUTE DURATION)
Auditorium Lobby, Free with Museum entry

After its debut in 2016, Te Iwa o Matariki is back to share the story of Matariki’s nine stars.


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.


Winter Walk and Talk Series

TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 4 JUL TO 21 SEP, 1:30PM. Tour Duration: 45 Minutes
Join us for the Winter Walk & Talk series. Go on a journey of discovery about our history, culture and the environment in this new series of guided tours.

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.


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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Fingers - Contemporary New Zealand Jewellery

On Display from Thu 27 Apr
Encounter, Ground Floor

Alan Preston founded Fingers, an Auckland jewellery co-operative in 1974. They have a reputation for creating some of the most distinctive jewellery in New Zealand.


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)?


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.

Kids and Family


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.

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.


Pendant - Manuka Flower


Find the perfect gift in our Museum Store. Our diverse range of gifts includes artwork, jewellery, homewares and beauty products.

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300,000 open images and counting...

Friday, 14 July 2017

Auckland Museum's Collections Online database gives you advanced search tools that let you explore our collection in exciting new ways. More than 300,000 images are available to download and re-use for any purpose imaginable — even commercial use.

Collection highlight

"Wunderpus O Sea", Octavia Cook

Who owns an idea? When does a conventional form become a unique and distinctive design? Auckland Museum recently acquired a brooch by contemporary jeweller Octavia Cook which explores these concepts, and responds to a particular situation in which she found herself in last year.


Jian Liu playing Psathas, Body, Beethoven, Chopin, and Brahms

FRI 4 AUG 2017, 7PM
Auditorium, Adults $50, concessions available

Jian Liu has been gaining reputation as a well sought-after solo pianist, chamber musician, and educator across the globe.

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Strategic plan

Introducing Your Future Museum

What changes you can expect to see in the next five years.
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.


Discovery Time School Holiday Activity

Weekdays 11AM-11:30AM and 2PM-2.30PM, FREE

Get hands-on this holiday with this twice-daily family activity for children. Get up close to collection objects and learn more about natural sciences in our Weird & Wonderful Gallery.

Online Cenotaph

Fighting for Nature: Captain Val Sanderson

Captain Val Sanderson served in two wars before leading efforts to save New Zealand's natural heritage with the Royal Forest & Bird Society. Find out more about his pioneering work.

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Make a donation

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


Fazioli International Piano Recital Series

Fri 7 Jul, Fri 4 Aug and Fri 3 NOV 2017, 7pm
Auditorium, Adults $50, concessions available

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


Southwest Pacific Expedition

A 20 strong team of researchers will soon be undertaking a trip into our big blue backyard to discover more about this largely unexplored area.

Venue hire

Champagne Mezzanine


Positioned in the heart of the Museum and above the Grand Foyer, the Champagne Mezzanine is the Museum’s latest addition to the suite of exceptional spaces for hire.


Nai Yau Vakaviti: Na Ka Mareqeti

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.

Expert session

Star shooters

In this series, we interview some of the finalists from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year about their winning shot and more...

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.


Auckland Museum War Memorial announces new Director of Public Experience

Friday, 14 July 2017

Auckland Museum is pleased to share the news that Australian Tim Hart will join the Museum as Director of Public Experience.


Cleaning, but not as you know it

Friday, 7 July 2017

Cleaning is an extremely important aspect of caring for museum collections. It is done thoughtfully, scientifically and cautiously by specialist Conservators and Collection Managers.


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.


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.

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.


Art Observational Drawing

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

War Memorial

Pou Maumahara Memorial Discovery Centre

Our new Memorial Discovery Centre, Pou Maumahara, opened in November 2016. It is a place for visitors to research and make personal discoveries about New Zealand servicemen and women.

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