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Volume

The Rising Stars of Tāmaki Makaurau

Weekdays, 18-28 Apr, 11am and 1pm (Excluding 25 Apr)
ATRIUM, FREE WITH MUSEUM ENTRY

The NZ Music Commission brings you an exciting programme of bands and solo artists representing the brightest young musical talent in Auckland.

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.

Event

The Forgotten Break in History: WWI and the year 1917 in German commemorative culture

TUES 2 MAY, 3PM
ADULTS $10, INSTITUTE MEMBERS & STUDENTS $5, Event Centre, Level 3

Join Dr Gorch Pieken as he explores the German response to commemorating the First World War - especially in German museums.

Volume

Volume Sunday Sessions: MrsDLite, MC Tali, Diaz Grimm

Sun 30 April, 12 - 2pm
ATRIUM, FREE WITH MUSEUM ENTRY

April sees MrsDLite take the stage with her hip hop/soul, neo-soul style, followed by the internationally renowned, soulful drum and bass artist MC Tali and later hip hop talent and dynamic live performer Diaz Grimm.

Event

Fazioli International Piano Recital Series

28 APR - 3 NOV 2017
Auditorium, Adults $50, concessions available

Back for a 10th season, the legendary Fazioli Piano Recital Series returns to the Museum for four stellar performances.

Volume

Base FM Volume Record Fair

Sat 29 Apr 2017, 11am - 4pm
Free with Museum entry

Join Base FM's stable of expert DJs and sound selectors as they bring their finest second-hand vinyl record collections to the Museum.

Event

Stephen De Pledge playing Scarlatti, Schumann, Messiaen, Rimmer, Liszt, and Bartok

FRI 28 APR 2017, 7PM
Auditorium, Adults $50, concessions available

New Zealand pianist Stephen De Pledge is one of the most exciting and versatile musicians of his generation.

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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.

Volume

Live and Direct

VOLUME EXTENDED READ
SAT, 1 APRIL 2017

Being there. Never is it more important than when it comes to watching your favourite band. Check out the spaces and stories of live New Zealand music in our Volume Extended Read.

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Exhibition

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.

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.

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.

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.

Email us
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
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.

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.

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.

Event

Kiwi Kids Music Festival

SAT 22 AND SUN 23 APR, SAT 29, 11AM and 1PM. AND SUN 30 APR, 10:30AM AND 2:30PM
ATRIUM, FREE WITH MUSEUM ENTRY
Join Kiwi Kids Music for the best music for kids and families, made right here in Aotearoa, New Zealand!
Anzac Day

New Zealanders in Russia during the Revolution

At the time of the revolution Nursing Sister Ethel M. Strachan, and her friend and colleague Sister Sybil Kelly, were among the staff of the Anglo-Russian Hospital in Petrograd (St Petersburg), Russia.

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.

Blog

Photographing Firearms

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

The Collection Imaging team was tasked to photograph the whole of the Firearms collection and Richard Ng writes about the behind-the-scenes process.

Volume
Offsite

Base FM Cover Story, Part 2

SAT 22 APR - SAT 13 MAY 2017
Studio One Toi Tū, 1 Ponsonby Rd, Free

NZ Records That Shaped NZ Dance Floors. The second Base FM Cover Story exhibition expands to include the greater Auckland DJ community, with the focus on New Zealand records which shaped Auckland dance floors over the last 25+ years.

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.

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.

Strategic plan

Read Future Museum

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

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.

Event
Offsite

World Masters Games 2017

Sat 22 - Sun 30 Apr
Free, The Cloud, Shed 10, Auckland Waterfront

Give storytelling a go at the AM Story Lab.

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.

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.

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.

Online Cenotaph

Determined to Serve: Ambulance Driver Gladys Sandford

By Sophie Coombe
Gladys Sandford is considered to be both a pioneering driver and aviator. She was the first female in New Zealand to receive a pilot's licence.
Event

Art Observational Drawing

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

Volume

Louis Baker - 'Love'

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

War Memorial

Pou Maumahara Memorial Discovery Centre

Our new Memorial Discovery Centre, Pou Maumahara, opens in November 2016. It will be a place for visitors to research and make personal discoveries about New Zealand servicemen and women.

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.
Volume

Volume Sunday Sessions: nomad, Benny Tipene, Dictaphone Blues

SUN 21 MAY, 12 - 2PM
ATRIUM, FREE WITH MUSEUM ENTRY

At our final Sunday Session, you’ll enjoy the heady harmonies of nomad, the acoustic guitar and cheeky smile of Benny Tipene, and the catching grooves and indie pop diamonds of Dictaphone Blues.

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)?

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.

War Memorial

Pou Maumahara Memorial Discovery Centre

Our new Memorial Discovery Centre, Pou Maumahara, opens in November 2016. It will be a place for visitors to research and make personal discoveries about New Zealand servicemen and women.

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