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Exhibition

Volume: Making Music in Aotearoa

28 Oct 2016 - 21 May 2017
SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS HALL, FREE WITH MUSEUM ENTRY

Celebrate the music of our nation with Volume: Making Music in Aotearoa, the first-ever major exhibition of New Zealand music. A home-grown, hands-on, ears-on exhibition, Volume explores the soundtracks of our lives through vibrant and interactive displays.

Urbanlife
Fully booked

Urbanlife Summer Youth Programme

19 - 27 Jan 2017
Auckland Museum and offsite

Are you young, passionate about museums, art and culture and looking for a chance to express your creativity? Then we have a challenge for you.

Exhibition

Taku Tāmaki – Auckland Stories South at MIT Manukau

Daily until Mar 2017, 9am - 5pm
MIT Manukau Campus, Manukau Train Station, Davies Ave, Manukau, Free

Celebrating the people and places of this diverse community, Taku Tāmaki – Auckland Stories South is the first Auckland Museum exhibition to be held in South Auckland.

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.

Display

Wartime weddings

ON Display from Wed 20 Apr
WWII Hall of Memories

Marriage in wartime was far from conventional. This display celebrates two memorable weddings from the First and Second World Wars.

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.

Shopping

3D Puzzle - Auckland War Memorial Museum

NZ $29.99 FROM THE MUSEUM STORE

See if you can re-create the Museum in your own home with this 82-piece 3D puzzle.

Buy now
Event

Lantern Festival 元宵节灯会

Sat 11 and Sun 12 Feb 2017, 10am-5pm, 5.30-9pm
Museum wide, Free with Museum entry, 博物馆及其外侧区域, 凭博物馆门票可免费参加

Join our Chinese New Year celebrations for 2017 - the year of the Rooster. We've got a full weekend of activities for the whole family to enjoy - plus the Museum will be open late for you to explore!

Volume

Holly Christina presents: GatSong Musicians

SAT 28 JAN, 11AM AND 1PM
MUSEUM ATRIUM, FREE WITH MUSEUM ENTRY

Join soloists and duos from the GatSong school of music, as they perform classics and their own creations on stage in the atrium.

Volume

Volume Sunday Sessions: Alae, Seth Haapu, Iva Lamkum

Sun 26 Feb, 12 - 3pm
Atrium, Free with museum entry

February will feature the unique sounds of kiwi duo Alae, the velvet voice of singer-songwriter Seth Haapu and critically acclaimed singer Iva Lamkum.

Volume

Volume Sunday Sessions: Graeme James, Gareth Thomas, Ciaran McMeeken

Sun 29 Jan, 12 - 2pm
Atrium, Free with museum entry

January will feature dynamic folk artist Graeme James, master collaborator and instrumentalist Gareth Thomas and captivating singer-songwriter Ciaran McMeeken.

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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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.

Exhibition
Coming soon

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

Daily from Fri 10 Feb 2017
Sainsbury Horrocks Gallery

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

Kids and Family

Discovery Trail

Sat and Sun from 3 Dec, 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.

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.

War Memorial

Pou Maumahara Memorial Discovery Centre

Now open

Our new Memorial Discovery Centre, Pou Maumahara 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.

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.

Kids and Family

Storytime

Sat and Sun from 3 Dec, 11-11.30am
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.

Strategic plan

Read Future Museum

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

Event

Art Observational Drawing

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

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.

Volume

Play it Strange Series

SAT AND SUN, 14-15, 21-22 JAN, 11AM AND 1PM
MUSEUM ATRIUM, FREE WITH MUSEUM ENTRY

Come and support young Play It Strange musicians as they reinterpret Kiwi classics and perform original compositions.

Volume

Kiwioke

MON TO FRI, 9 - 27 JAN, 10AM - 2PM
MUSEUM GALLERIES, FREE WITH MUSEUM ENTRY

During the school holidays, keep an eye out for Kiwioke Kevin and his original one-man karaoke machine as he roams the Museum’s galleries.

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.

WW100

The Battle of Rafah

On 9 January 1917, the New Zealand Mounted Rifles participated in the final battle of the Sinai Campaign on the borders of Palestine - an event which changed the Middle East in ways which continue to resound today.

General

Flight enthusiast Harold Butterworth

Harold Butterworth, an Auckland-born pilot, kept a diary during his time with the RFC. It displayed his passion for flying as well as the innovative technologies and methods trialled by the RFC during WWI, which changed the shape of the war.

Volume

Estère - 'Reptilian Journey'

VOLUME MUSEUM SESSIONS
Estère performs her song ‘Reptilian Journey’ in the Museum’s Castle Gallery, surrounded by an incredible collection of rare and unusual musical instruments.
WW100

Private Te Kuru and the Pioneers

Private Te Kuru served in the "Pioneers", an important battalion which prepared battlefields for infantry and artillery. Piki carried out this dangerous work at the Western Front in the latter part of the First World War. Explore more of Piki's story.

Volume

Raiza Biza feat Bianca Paulus - 'Get By'

VOLUME MUSEUM SESSIONS
Standing on the Museum rooftop with Auckland’s night skyline behind them, rapper Raiza Biza and Bianca Paulus deliver a hypnotic mix of mellow hip hop and jazz-laced beats in their performance of 'Get By'.
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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