Auckland Museum protects and cares for approximately 1.5 million natural science specimens in collections that have been built over 150 years. The focus of the collections is northern New Zealand, but they also contain material from the rest of the country, the South West Pacific and other parts of the world.
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The four main Collections are:
Important components of our collections are the "type specimens". When a new species is described the researcher selects a series of specimens which show all the characters that make up that species.
Auckland Museum's insect collection commenced soon after the Museum was founded in 1852. It contains comprehensive collections of most insect types as well as other terrestrial and freshwater invertebrates (worms, spiders and their relatives, millipedes and centipedes, some isopods and amphipods).
The Herbarium provides the basic means by which the Museums Botany Collections team can carry out the collection and preservation of botanical materials. It also provides educational services (through public enquiries, individual and group visits, outreach programmes, and the display of plant material), and research and publication on various aspects of the New Zealand flora.
Auckland Museum Marine Collection consists of a wide range of specimens from New Zealand coastal and oceanic waters, including a large number of sea-shore and inter-tidal species collected from beaches, foreshores and estuaries. It also contains land slugs and snails.
Auckland Museums outstanding land vertebrates collection comprises over 12,500 bird specimens, 2,500 amphibians and reptiles and 1,000 land mammals. These specimens are primarily from northern New Zealand, but there is also a significant amount of material from elsewhere.
Natural Science Databases
If you want to know more about our collections, what we do, or how we can help you, please email our staff.