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Event

Taking Dance to the People

Sun 24 Sept
2.30PM - 3PM, MAORI COURT, FREE WITH MUSEUM ENTRY
Fresh from rave reviews at the Pacific Dance Festival, Connor Masseurs, Toa Paranihi and Ufitia Sagapolutele present performances of S.U.B and AVE.
Event

The Unusual Silence - Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir

Sat 30 Sep, 8pm - 9:15pm
WWI Sanctuary, Level 2. Access via Grand Foyer, 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.

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.

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

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.
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.

Blog

Expedition ending on a high in the Kermadecs

BY TOM TRNSKI
Friday, 15 September 2017
The team gives a run-down of the final leg of the Southwest Pacific Expedition around the Kermadec islands which offered up one more new find.
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

Marine climate refugees: will NZ reefs be a refuge?

Wed 27 Sep, 6pm
Auditorium, Free

Celebrate 150 years of the Royal Society of New Zealand and learn about the ever-increasing effects of climate change in this lecture from scientists Dr David Aguirre and Dr Libby Liggins.

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.

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.

Buy now
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.

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.

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

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Event

Art Observational Drawing

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

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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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...

Strategic plan

Introducing Your Future Museum

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

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.

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

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.

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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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.

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.

Event

Military Heritage Day

SUN 15 OCT, 10AM - 3PM
South Atrium, Free with Museum entry
Experts from the New Zealand Military Historical Society and other military heritage groups will share treasured collections, replicas and fascinating accounts of the role 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.

General

Let there be light....but not too much

Wednesday, 6 September 2017
Our object rotation team has been working to swap out light-sensitive objects in our Arts of Asia gallery to ensure that these objects can stand the test of time.
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.

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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