Auckland Museum′s Decorative Arts department acquires objects, carries out research and develops displays based on it′s collections.
The valuable and significant series of collections in this area offers the public an insightful look at past and present decorative arts from New Zealand and around the world.
Established in 1966, the Museums Decorative Arts collection includes ceramics, jewellery, furniture, glass, metalwork, costumes, textiles, costume accessories, musical instruments, horology (clocks and watches) and objets d′art from Western Europe (including the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Italy, Scandinavia) the United States of America and Australia; from Asia, India and the Middle East, and New Zealand.
Staff currently include a curator and a shared human history technician.
View objects from the Decorative Arts collection. Records in this part of the database are progresively being updated:
Search the database using keywords like fashion and textiles, jewellery, ceramics and furniture. You can find international design and decorative arts observed through celebrated European objects designed and made over the past four centuries.
Search the database using keywords like fashion and textiles, jewellery, ceramics and furniture. You can find New Zealand design and decorative arts that are made by makers and manufacturers, designers and craft artists from 1800 to the present day.
Where to see in the Museum
Objects from the Department’s collections can be seen in the following galleries:
The Mackelvie Collection
Arts of Korea
The Castle Collection
The Logan Campbell Gallery