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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

The Unusual Silence - Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir - Save $19 on Early Bird

Sat 30 Sep, 8pm - 9:15pm
WWI Sanctuary, Level 2. Access via Grand Foyer, Early Bird Offer - Save $19, GENERAL ADMISSION $49

Join the Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir for this concert in remembrance of WWI, featuring songs of loss, tragedy, hope, and the triumph of human spirit.

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.

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.

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

Fish for the future?

BY MARK ERDMANN, CONSERVATION INTERNATIONAL
Tuesday, 22 August 2017
Initial surveying from the Southwest Pacific Expedition shows a number of fish-rich areas that justify a network of sanctuaries or marine reserves around the remote Lau islands.
Blog

Underwater in Ono-i-Lau with rays and a nosey turtle

Friday, 18 August 2017
Our expedition team has just captured footage of a leopard eagle ray on their month-long voyage around the Southwest Pacific - a species that has never been seen in this part of the world.
Event

Winter Walk and Talk Series

TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 4 JUL TO 21 SEP, 1:30PM. Tour Duration: 45 Minutes
MEET BY THE GUIDED TOURS BANNER IN THE GRAND FOYER
LIMITED NUMBERS, BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL
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.
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.

Event
Offsite

Pacific Islands Language Week Celebrations

SAT 5 AUG, SAT 9 SEP, SAT 7 OCT, WED 11 OCT, SAT 21 OCT & SAT 4 NOV
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!

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

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

Lucy Cranwell Lecture - New Zealand's Native Freshwater Flora: Living the Life Aquatic

Weds 6 Sep, 7pm - 9pm
Auckland Museum Auditorium FREE

In this talk, NIWA's Freshwater Biosecurity & Principal Scientist Paul Champion will give an overview of NZ’s freshwater plants, the strategies they employ to stay alive, the threats they face and potential ways to conserve them.

Exhibition

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.

Event

Maths Craft Festival

Sat 9 Sep - Sun 10 Sep, 10AM - 5PM
Free, Events Centre

Come along to Math Craft and knit a mathematical knot, crochet a Möbius strip, fold an origami octahedron and learn more about the links between maths and craft.

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.

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.

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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Event

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.

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.

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.

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.

Strategic plan

Introducing Your Future Museum

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

LATE 2017: Allied Values - Time to de-friend our allies?

WED 13 SEP, 6PM- 9PM
Event Centre, ADVANCE TICKETS $25, INSTITUTE MEMBERS AND STUDENTS $20*, DOOR SALES $30** *With valid student ID **Door sales subject to availability

Join our moderator Leonie Hayden and panel guests as they question whether it's time to review New Zealand's international allies and stand up for our values.

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Event

LATE 2017: Invisible Privilege - Confronting entitlement

WED 11 OCT, 6PM- 9PM
Event Centre, ADVANCE TICKETS $25, INSTITUTE MEMBERS AND STUDENTS $20*, DOOR SALES $30** *With valid student ID **Door sales subject to availability

Join our moderator Russell Brown and panel guests as they debate the idea of privilege - who has it and how is it impacting the society we live in?

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Research

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.

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.

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.

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.

Event

Battle of Britain Parade

SUN 17 SEP, 10 - 11.30AM
FREE, COURT OF HONOUR

Join us and the Royal New Zealand Air Force Association to commemorate the Battle of Britain and to remember all those who have fallen in the Air Forces.

General

Names in Stone

The museum approached sculptor Denis O’Connor, and gave him a simple brief: to design a cartouche which featured the list of 110 donors.

General

Q & A with Richard Ng

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

In celebration of our current exhibition Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017, we decided to seek out the hidden photographic talents of our Museum whanau and share their passion for the medium with a few select images from their personal 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...

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.

Event

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.

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.

Event

Remembering Passchendaele - Symposium

TUE 3 OCT, 6.30PM - 8.30PM
Free, Auditorium

Join us for a symposium commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele.

General

William Sanders, New Zealand's only naval VC

Takapuna boy Lieutenant-Commander William Sanders is New Zealand's only naval recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest British award bestowed for valour. On the centenary of his death, Associate History Curator Gail Romano reflects upon the local Auckland recognition of his actions.
Blog

My time as New Zealand’s first Wikimedian-in-Residence

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

For the past five weeks, Susan Tolich has worked as a Wikimedian at Auckland Museum populating the pages of female artists to help address the fact that women are under-represented in articles and as contributors to Wikipedia, the world's biggest encylopedia.

WW100

New Zealand Memorials: Digitising Memories in Stone

By collaborating with volunteers and other members of the public, we are working to ensure that whānau are able to connect with their ancestors and discover the exact memorial where family members are publicly remembered.

Explore and discover

Front page news: A mystery hui

A poster in te reo at the Auckland Museum library needed researching. What was the mystery event at Waihi Marae, Taupo on 18 April 1959?​

News

Call for nominations for Auckland Museum Medals 2017

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Entries now open for Auckland Museum Medals 2017.

Event

LATE 2017: Sing It, Sister - Music & Misogyny

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.

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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.

Event

Military Heritage Day

SUN 15 OCT, 10AM - 3PM
South Atrium, Free with Museum entry

Explore New Zealand’s military heritage.

General

Castle Collection Decant

The music collection from Wellington based siblings Zillah and Ronald Castle was collected over 50 years from the 1930’s, with many having both local and international significance from their unusual nature.
Blog

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.

Blog

Untold Stories

BY AUCKLAND MUSEUM
18 May 2017

On International Museum Day, we'd like to raise a cheer for all the Pacific Island knowledge holders who have done wonders to enrich our taonga. Over the past year, we've been bringing knowledge holders from 13 nations into our collection rooms to share their knowledge about these treasures.

News

NZSA / Auckland Museum Research Grants 2017

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

NZSA / Auckland Museum Research Grants now open for applications.

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.

Event

Slow Art Day

SAT 7 OCT 2017, 2PM - 4PM, LIBRARY READING ROOM
ADULTS $20, INSTITUTE MEMBERS $15, STUDENTS FREE WITH MUSEUM ENTRY

Come to the Museum and get up close to a selection of items from our collection.

Blog

The Mystery of the Barkcloth Broadsheets

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Two bark-cloth broadsheets from the Fiji Times piqued the curiosity of our Project Conservator, Sabine Weik-Barton, so she did some detective work to discover if they were special commemorative editions.

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.

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