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Exhibition

Air New Zealand 75 Years

20 Nov 2015 - 22 May 2016
SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS HALL, FREE with Museum ENTRY

Come on a journey through the decades in this interactive, fun and exciting exhibition.

Exhibition

Taku Tāmaki – Auckland Stories South at MIT Manukau

Open daily from 1 Mar 2016
MIT Manukau Campus, Manukau Train Station, Davies Ave, Manukau, FREE

Taku Tāmaki – Auckland Stories South is the first exhibition in an exciting new partnership between MIT Manukau and Auckland Museum.

Explore and discover

The mystery of the dragon-tree

The recent popularity of dragon-trees has meant the tree is a common sight in Auckland suburban gardens. Strangely, the trees planted in the last 20 years look very different to those planted in the city a century earlier.

Blog

The Dowager Empress Cixi's comb: A provenance treasure hunt

BY Jane Groufsky
FRI, 12 Feb 2016

The digitisation and sharing of Auckland Museum's collection initiated an international treasure hunt for the story of the Dowager Empress Cixi's comb.

Display

Tangata Whenua - The power of portraiture

ON DISPLAY
MĀORI COURT

The Museum’s collection of paintings by Gottfried Lindauer and Charles Frederick Goldie return to the public eye. Enjoy some of the artists’ Māori portraits from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Display

Excess Baggage

ON DISPLAY FROM 22 DEC
Between Māori Court and Pacific Masterpieces GROUND FLOOR, FREE WITH MUSEUM ENTRY

Excess Baggage shows you some of the luggage taken on journeys during the 19th and 20th centuries, from top-hat boxes, to vanity cases and picnic sets.

Event

NZTrio perform 'Spirit of Chimes'

SUN 21 FEB 2016, 2.30 - 3.30pm
Tickets $20, Auditorium

In a fitting finale to the 2016 Lantern Festival, piano group NZ Trio perform Spirit of Chimes, a treasure trove of music from China and New Zealand.

Smart Talk

History in Aviation

WED 24 FEB 2016, From 6pm, TALK BEGINS 7PM
ATRIUM and SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS HALL, FREE

Hear Air New Zealand staff past and present share stories from their time with the airline.

Shop

Limited Edition Powell's Native Animals Mug

NZ$49.99 from the Museum Store

These limited edition numbered mugs are handmade by Auckland ceramicist Tim Grocott of TAUS working in conjunction with Auckland Museum and our collections. Only 50 of each design will be made and each mug will be individually numbered.

Buy now
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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Exhibition

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

26 FEB - 13 NOV 2016
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.

Event

Waitangi 175 Gallery Trail

Daily until Mar 2016
Ground-floor galleries, Free with museum entry

Through a selection of objects and a pictorial display, we examine aspects of the Treaty.

Kids and Family

Discovery Trail

Sat and Sun (except school holidays) 10am – 5pm
Weird & Wonderful, Free with Museum Entry

Discover amazing things as you investigate and explore the Weird & Wonderful gallery using interactive labels.

Get involved

Master Plan for Auckland Domain launched

Public information day Sat 13 Feb 2016

Auckland Council’s Auckland Domain Committee has endorsed a draft 20-year master plan for the city’s oldest and most significant park, the 75-hectare Auckland Domain.

Kids and Family

Discovery Time

Sat and Sun (except school holidays) 11am – 11.30am and 2pm - 2.30pm
Weird & Wonderful, Free with Museum Entry

Join us in a special session exploring, learning about and getting hands-on with some of our incredible treasures.

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.

WW100

Gallipoli in Minecraft® learning kit

As part of our centenary education programme, Auckland Museum is using the popular Minecraft® game to engage students with the events that occurred at Gallipoli in 1915.

Competition

Lest We Forget poetry competition

As part of the lead up to the First World War Centenary commemorations, the Lest We Forget poetry competition provided an opportunity to articulate responses to war, in poetry or prose.

Festival

Lantern Festival

SAT 20 - SUN 21 Feb 2016
MUSEUM GALLERIES, ATRIUM AND AUDITORIUM

Auckland Museum lights up to welcome in the Chinese Lunar New Year. Join us for a range of festive activities to celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Monkey.

Display

The Anzac evacuation of Gallipoli

ON DISPLAY FROM 18 DEC 2015
MUSEUM LIBRARY, LEVEL 2

This collection highlight brings together photos and letters which tell the story of the Anzac evacuation of Gallipoli - from a change in the weather to written reflections on the campaign.

Strategic plan

Read Future Museum

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

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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.

Event

Effective research: Tapping into museum collections

This one day event provides the opportunity for students to learn more about how to conduct effective research using the Museum's resources. Students will hear directly from Auckland Museum and Te Papa staff as they share research which has been directly supported by primary source material.

Collection highlight

Unravelling the mystery of the embroidery lead weights

One of our Collection Managers came across these mysterious objects in storage, they are described as "lead weights for embroidery". Do you know how they would have been used?

War Memorial

Online Cenotaph

Online Cenotaph is our digital social space where enthusiasts, families, and researchers can share their interconnecting experiences of New Zealand servicemen and women.

Book

A good place to be: Auckland Museum people, 1929-89

By Ian Thwaites

A new book written and published by former Auckland Museum Librarian Ian Thwaites. It is full of anecdotes and biographical history providing a record of memories and accomplishments of those who contributed to this well-regarded institution.

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.

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.

News

Auckland Museum partners with MIT for Taku Tāmaki - Auckland Stories South

Tuesday, 2 February 2016
MIT Manukau from 1 Mar 2016

Opening on Tuesday, 1 March 2016 Taku Tāmaki Auckland Stories South at MIT Manukau represents an exciting new partnership between Manukau Institute of Technology and Auckland War Memorial Museum.

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