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Exhibition

WOW® World of Wearable Art™

Open daily until Sun 22 Mar 2015
Special Exhibitions Hall, Free with Museum entry

See the brand new WOW® World of WearableArtTM exhibition, exclusive to Auckland Museum, before it tours worldwide.

Exhibition

Entangled Islands

19 Jun 2014 - 15 Mar 2015
Sainsbury Horrocks Gallery, Free with Museum entry

The first in a series of exhibitions about the New Zealand war experience. Using the many perspectives and experiences of those involved, the exhibition will tell the lesser-known story of New Zealand's first action in WWI, the occupation of German Sāmoa.

Offsite

Auckland Arts Festival Groupe F: Skin of Fire

Thu 5, Fri 6 and Sat 7 Mar gates open 6.45pm, show starts 9pm
Auckland Domain, Charges apply

Following their 2013 sell out show, the much-loved French maestros of light, fire and pyrotechnics, Groupe F, return to the Auckland Domain.

Event

The Great War On Screen

Sat, 7 Mar 2015, 10.30am
Auditorium, Free with Museum Entry

The Auckland War Memorial Museum is proud to present The Great War on Screen, an exclusive expert talk with festival guest, Apocalypse WWI producer, Josette D. Normandeau.

Event

Pasifika Festival

Sat 14 and Sun 15 Mar, 9am – 5pm
Western Strings Park

Meet our team, try your hand at some fun activities and learn about the programmes we offer.

Event

The Whittaker’s Big Egg Hunt

Thu 12 Mar – Tue 7 Apr 2015
In support of Starship Children’s Hospital

The ‘egg-straordinary’ Big Egg Hunt is back! One hundred new giant eggs created by New Zealand artists, designers and celebrities will be hidden in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

Event

Meet National Geographic’s Wild Survivor

Sun 15 Mar 2015, 1PM
Presented by the Museum Institute, Auditorium, Free

Let Australian science teacher Phil Breslin show you the Māori tools and methods he used to stay alive in the bitter cold of Rotorua’s lakes district.

Kids and Family

Storytime at the Museum

Sundays from 1 Mar, 10.30AM – 11AM
Weird and Wonderful, Free with Museum entry

Bring your children along for a fun and interactive storytelling experience before exploring our popular hands-on gallery Weird and Wonderful.

Kids and Family

Clued In

Saturdays from 7 Mar, 10.30am – 3.30pm
Weird and Wonderful, Free With Museum Entry

Join the Weird and Wonderful team to play the game Clued In. Accept the challenge then explore the gallery to figure out which collection objects share a special connection.

Event

Māori cultural performance

Daily, 11am, 12pm, 1.30pm and 2.30pm**
Performances run for 30mins, Charges apply

Enjoy a vibrant and entertaining glimpse of Māori culture at Tāmaki Paenga Hira in engaging performance which culminates in a high-energy, spine-tingling version of the world-famous haka.

Blog

Guest blog: Young ocean explorers

by Riley Hathaway
Mon, 23 Feb 2015

Young Ocean Explorer Riley Hathaway is in the Kermadecs with her Dad, underwater cameraman Steve Hathaway. They're hoping to encounter Galapagos sharks and black spotted grouper and create a couple of exciting new episodes. Follow their journey.

Event

The Spark of Life with Professor Frances Ashcroft

Tue 24 Mar 2015, 6pm
Event Centre, Tickets $10, Free for Institute and Circle members

Professor Frances Ashcroft FRS weaves real-life stories with the latest scientific findings, including an account of her own discoveries, to explain the fundamental role of ion channels in our bodies and why they truly are the ‘sparks of life’.

Blog

Delicate Chinese porcelain survives bombs and earthquakes

by Kirsten MacFarlane
Thu, 26 Feb 2015

Decades after a prized collection of Chinese porcelain was left a heap of shards after bombing raids in London, it was rattled again by two major earthquakes in Christchurch. Auckland Museum’s principal conservator Sue Cooper and contract conservator Liz Yuda have spent the past four years preserving the collection while allowing it’s shaky past to shine through.

Event

ASB Polyfest

Thu 19 - Sat 21 Mar, 9am – 3pm
Manukau Sports Bowl

Take part in Tales of Tāmaki activities, hear about our Urbanlife programme and meet members of our Youth Advisory Group.

Event

Creative crafts

Sundays from 1 Mar, 11.30am – 3.30pm
Weird and Wonderful, Entry by donation

Drop in for creative fun inspired by our collections and galleries. Draw a picture or create your own crafty artefact to take home.

WW100

More than a name

Begins Feb 2015, Free
Submit your story now

We need your help to tell the stories of those who served in the First World War. Select a name from Online Cenotaph, the walls in the WWI Sanctuary, or a family member who served in WWI, then research the story of the person ‘behind the name’ and share it with us.

Taonga Māori

The Sacred Chisels of Tāmaki Makaurau

Dec 2014 – 27 Mar 2015
Māori Court, Free With Museum Entry

Meet some of the most talented carvers from the mana whenua of Tāmaki, Auckland, as they work in the Māori Court.

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.

Auckland 175
Coming soon

Taku Tāmaki - Auckland Stories

May 2015 – 2016
Special Exhibitions Hall, Free with Museum entry

Opening in late May the Museum's next major exhibition will celebrate this great city, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland.

Event

Towards a nation

Wed 17 Dec 2014 – May 2015 Māori Court
Free With Museum Entry

How do we understand place and heritage in Aotearoa New Zealand today? This is one of the key questions explored in this new commemorative display, which looks back to the origins of our nation.

Event

The WOW Workroom

Open daily until Sun 22 Mar 2015
Special Exhibitions Hall, Free with Museum entry

After you've viewed the award-winning WOW® garments up close, head to the Workroom to delve deeper into the WOW® story and get creative with the Paper Challenge.

Special programme

Treaty of Waitangi 175th anniversary

Feb – Sep 2015, Museum Galleries
Free with Museum entry

Be a part of our special programmes marking the 175th anniversary of the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi – the Treaty of Waitangi.

Event

BioBlitz 2015

Fri 27 Mar, 10am – 11pm, Sat 28 Mar, 7am – 4pm
111 Kepa Road, Orakei

BioBlitz is back! Take part as scientists and volunteers aim to count every species in your neighbourhood, over the course of 22 hours.

War Memorial

Welcome to the new Online Cenotaph

We've enhanced Online Cenotaph, our digital social space where enthusiasts, families, and researchers can share their interconnecting experiences of New Zealand servicemen and women. Find out what's new.

Shopping

Shop online

Browse through a selection of gifts inspired by our collection at our new online store. You’ll find everything from tea towels that double as kitchen artworks to ceramics and garden sculptures crafted by local Auckland artists.

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