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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.

Fascination Science Public Lecture Series 2017


Discover the secrets of the Kermadecs.


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.


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.


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.

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?​


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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Columbus Coffee

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.


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.


Behzod Abduraimov playing Bach/Busoni, Liszt, Schubert, Schubert/Liszt, and Prokofiev

FRI 7 JUL 2017, 7PM
Auditorium, Adults $50, concessions available

Described by The Times as the 'master of all he surveys,' Abduraimov's captivating performances continue to receive international praise.

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Museum celebrates Matariki 2017 in Sunshine Orange

10 June - 2 July 2017 - Dusk to Dawn
Lighting up the Museum

To mark the start of the month-long 2017 Matariki Festival, and celebrate the Māori New Year, we are lighting sunshine orange until 2 July.


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)?

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.


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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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.

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.


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.


David Attenborough's Zoo Quest

8 JUL TO 23 JUL, 10AM, 11.30AM, 1PM, 2.30PM, 4PM, Duration: 90 Minutes

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


Louis Baker - 'Love'

Singer-songwriter Louis Baker performs his original song 'Love' in our He Taonga Māori gallery.

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.


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.

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.

Strategic plan

Introducing Your Future Museum

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

Search more than one million catalogue records from Auckland Museum’s natural sciences, human history and documentary heritage collections.


Nikon Auckland Photo Day 2017

Fri 23 June - Fri 30 June
Digital Screen, Atrium, Free with Museum entry

Each year the Auckland Festival of Photography runs a ‘day in the life’ competition to celebrate Auckland’s cultural identity - its people and places.

Online Cenotaph

Elizabeth's search for Cora Beattie Anderson

Three little books found in an antique shop took Elizabeth Burke on a journey from Brisbane to Thames in search of the story of a matron from the First World War.

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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Make a donation

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


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.

Online Cenotaph

Anzac Conquerors: world famous in the Second World War

Soldiers of 18 Battalion, 2NZEF were made world famous as 'Anzac Conquerors' on the cover of Life magazine. Can you help identify the highlighted soldiers in the photograph?


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.


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.

Online Cenotaph

The Sing Brothers Go to War

One of the comics from the Being Chinese in Aotearoa exhibit explores the story of Private Herbert Stanley Sing, a brave signaller who served with the Auckland Infantry Regiment in the First World War.


Art Observational Drawing

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


Storing Rajah's Bones

By Craig Collier
Monday, 12 June 2017

A storage solution was needed that brought Rajah's twenty odd bones together, was safe, strong and secure but also compact, easily accessible and mobile if needed.


Auckland Museum presents Wildlife Photographer of the Year free to Aucklanders

Friday, 16 June 2017

Auckland Museum is proud to host this must-see exhibition featuring stunning wildlife photographs from across the globe.

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.

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.

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