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Pitch your story to help create a podcast series

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH RNZ AND AUCKLAND MUSEUM
PITCH DEADLINE: 27 FEB 2017
What's your scene? Where do you experience New Zealand music? Pitch your story to help create the ​Volume Scene Report youth ​podcast series with guidance from the pros at Radio New Zealand.
Exhibition

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.

Event

Museum shows the colours of the rainbow for Pride Festival

24, 25, 26 February 2017 - Dusk to Dawn
Lighting up the Museum

We celebrate Pride Festival this weekend by lighting up the Museum with the colours of the rainbow.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Event

ANTARCTICA - while you were sleeping

World Premiere - FRI 24, SAT 25, SUN 26 MARCH, 8.30PM-11PM, 45-Minute Loop
MUSEUM EXTERIOR, FREE

Come and experience this incredible cinematic spectacle as a full-scale Antarctic iceberg is projected onto the walls of the Museum and set to the true-to-life soundtrack of ice cracking and water flowing.

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.

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.

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.

Event

All About Women Satellite Event

SUN 5 MAR, stream starts 12:30PM, ends 3PM
ADULTS $10, STUDENTS & INSTITUTE MEMBERS $7.50

Ideas that matter streamed live to you at Auckland Museum.

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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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.

Volume

Dressing up the New Zealand sound

VOLUME EXTENDED READ
FRI, 17 Feb 2017

We know what New Zealand music sounds like, but what does it look like? Explore the sartorial style of seven decades of music - from art school suits to barbed wire armbands and knee make up.

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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.

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.

Volume
Offsite

Tūī Tuia: Traditional Māori Music

Free, PAPAKURA ART GALLERY, 10 AVERILL ST, PAPAKURA
MON 27 MAR - SAT 29 APR, 9AM - 5PM (Sat 10AM - 2PM, Sun closed)

This exhibition explores Tāonga Pūoro and the music of Hirini Melbourne, an artist who has been key to the revival of traditional Māori music.

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.

Volume

Volume Sunday Sessions: Rubita, Helen Corry, Vallkyrie

Sun 26 Mar, 12 - 2pm
ATRIUM, FREE WITH MUSEUM ENTRY

March will feature the Latin swings and pop ties of Rubita’s modern-day take on jazz, the sounds of dynamic live performer Helen Corry and epic South Auckland artists Vallkyrie.

WW100

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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)?

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.

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.

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.

Smart Talk

ANTARCTICA: while you were sleeping: Smart Talk

SAT 25 MAR, 6:30PM - 7:45PM
Event Centre, ADULTS $15, STUDENTS & INSTITUTE MEMBERS $10

What happens in Antarctica has a significant impact on the entire planet. We know about climate change, but what are we doing about it?

Event
Offsite

BioBlitz 2017

FRI 24 MAR 10AM-11PM & SAT 25 MAR 7AM-4PM
FREE, SHED 2, CORBAN ESTATE ARTS CENTRE, HENDERSON

Join us at BioBlitz, an opportunity to become a citizen scientist over 24 hours.

Event
Offsite

White Night 2017

SAT 18 MAR 2017, 6PM
AUCKLAND ARTS FESTIVAL GARDEN, AOTEA SQUARE, Free

For Auckland Arts Festival’s White Night this year, the Museum has collaborated with a master ice carver to draw your attention to climate change.

Event

ANTARCTICA: while you were sleeping: Artist Talk by Joseph Michael

FRI 24 MAR, 6:30PM
Auditorium, FREE

Join artist Joseph Michael for a behind-the-scenes look at his 2015 expedition to Antarctica.

Volume

Louis Baker - 'Love'

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

Strategic plan

Read Future Museum

Our 20 year strategic plan guiding a process of transformational change over the next two decades.
WW100

Celebrating two years of citizen research with Online Cenotaph

We mark the second anniversary of Online Cenotaph by celebrating the achievements of one of our most prolific contributors.
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