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Event

Tokelauan Language Week

MON 23 OCT – SUN 29 OCT
MUSEUM ATRIUM AND TE ORO, GLEN INNES, FREE

Join us for some activities to celebrate the language and culture of Niue. There’ll be a display of Niuean treasures in the Atrium.

Event
Past Event

Museum celebrates Diwali

19 October - 20 October 2017 - Dusk to Dawn
Lighting up the Museum

To celebrate Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights, we will be Lighting up the Museum on Thursday and Friday evening this week.

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Niuean Language Week Celebrations

SUN 15 OCT – SAT 21 OCT
MUSEUM ATRIUM AND TE ORO, GLEN INNES, FREE

Join us for some activities to celebrate the language and culture of Niue. There’ll be a display of Niuean treasures in the Atrium.

Blog

New Pou Kanohi gallery helping people connect with First World War stories

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

A century on, the events of the First World War can feel abstract and unconnected to our lives today, but Auckland Museum’s new gallery Pou Kanohi New Zealand at War is making the events of the war feel both relevant and relatable.

Exhibition

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Fri 7 Jul - Sun 3 Dec 2017
Special Exhibitions Hall, Free with Museum entry
Blog

106 reasons to vote kāki

Friday, 20 October 2017
Our biggest birdy battle is now underway - Bird of the Year - and the winner of the New Zealand's most popular bird will be decided soon. This year, our Natural Sciences Project Curator, Josie Galbraith is backing black.
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.

Blog

The life and times of a sketch biologist

Wednesday, 18 October 2017
Auckland Museum is currently hosting sketch biologist & digital storytelling fellow, Abby McBride who will be traveling around the country writing and illustrating stories about New Zealanders’ extraordinary efforts to save “the seabird capital of the world."
Event

LATE 2017: Sing it Sister- Sexism in the Music Industry

WED 8 NOV, 6PM- 9PM
Event Centre, ADVANCE TICKETS $25, INSTITUTE MEMBERS AND STUDENTS $20*, DOOR SALES $30** *With valid student ID **Door sales subject to availability
Could New Zealand lead the way toward greater equality in the music scene? Join our panel as they discuss the dynamics and challenges of the industry, and what needs to change.Book now
Event

Te Pūnaha Matatini Lecture: The ingredients of informed trust

Weds 25 Oct, 6pm - 7.30pm
Auckland Museum Auditorium FREE
In the internet age, finding information on all kinds of scientific issues is easy however determining what information is valid and relevant can be difficult. Join Educational Psychology Professor Rainer Bromme of Muenster University, Germany for this talk on understanding science in our everyday lives.
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.

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Original Thinkers - Celebrating 150 years of the Auckland Museum Institute

Opens Wed 20 Sep
Grand Foyer Mezzanine, Level 1, Free with Museum entry

Join us in celebrating 150 years of the Auckland Museum Institute and discover the role their forward-thinking founders played in laying the foundations for this Museum and its world-class collections.

Blog

Cunning as a fox?

Tuesday, 17 October 2017
New Zealand successfully dodged the introduction of the red fox after a pair were brought onto our shores in 1864 though we are still feeling the impact of several ill-conceived introductions, writes Land Vertebrates Curator Matt Rayner.
Display

Ta Moko

ON NOW
Te Kākano Lounge, Māori Court

Through objects, photographs and video, this small display looks at the practice of tattooing, from its origins as a sacred art to its application on contemporary merchandise.

Event

Passchendaele 100th Commemoration

THURS 12 OCT, 11 - 11.45AM
FREE, WWI Sanctuary, Level 2

One hundred years on from the Battle of Passchendaele, join us for this commemorative service, a time to reflect and remember the sacrifices made in the hope of securing lasting peace.

Exhibition

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

10 Feb 2017 - 21 JAN 2018
Sainsbury Horrocks Gallery

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

Display

Holy Trinity Cathedral Display

On Display from Wed 26 July
Between Māori Court and Pacific Masterpieces, Ground Floor

This display was developed in partnership with the Holy Trinity Cathedral team to celebrate the upcoming consecration of the cathedral in October 2017, and to tell this Auckland story relating to both the past and the present.

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Offsite

Pacific Islands Language Week Celebrations

SAT 5 AUG, SAT 9 SEP, SAT 7 OCT, SUN 8 OCT, SAT 21 OCT & MON 23 OCT
10AM-2PM, TE ORO, GLEN INNES, FREE

During each of the six upcoming Pacific Language Weeks, Te Oro will come alive with the sounds, language, stories, colour and beauty of Pacific islands culture. A free day of cultural celebrations for all!

Shopping

Wildlife Photographer of the Year Portfolio 26

NZ $54.99 FROM THE MUSEUM STORE

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

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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.

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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.

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.

Research

Southwest Pacific Expedition

A 20 strong team of researchers have just finished a trip into our big blue backyard to discover more about this largely unexplored area.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

Online Cenotaph

Soldier Singh, an Indian ANZAC

Jagt Singh was an Indian New Zealander who served with the Auckland Mounted Rifles in the First World War.

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.

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.

Venue hire

Champagne Mezzanine

200 STANDING COCKTAIL

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.

Online Cenotaph

Remembering New Zealand’s ‘Darkest Day’

In this article, we look back on the lives of those who fought 100 years ago near the small Belgian town of Passchendaele.
Exhibition
Coming soon

New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year

Fri 15 Dec - Sun 11 Feb 2018
Special Exhibitions Hall, Free with Museum entry

Discover the very best images of our environment and society from New Zealand's most popular photographic competition.

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)?

Event

Armistice Day 2017

SAT 11 NOV, 11 - 11.45AM
FREE, WWI Sanctuary, Level 2

Join our Armistice Day memorial service as we remember all those who served and those who have given their lives in military service.

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Remembrance Sunday

SUN 12 NOV, 1.30PM – 2PM AND 2.30PM – 3PM
FREE, WWI Sanctuary, Level 2

Join us on Remembrance Sunday to reflect on the sacrifices of our servicemen and women.

Strategic plan

Introducing Your Future Museum

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

Annual Review 2016/2017

Five years into our 20-year Future Museum strategy, experience our Annual Review for 2016/2017 to see where how we are building on our past, engaging with our audiences today and investing for tomorrow.

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.

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