New Zealand History The Museum has a series of exhibitions and galleries devoted to New Zealand's social history Auckland 1866 Travel into Auckland's past at Auckland Museum's Centennial Street. The Auckland 1866 gallery shows business and residential premises as they might have appeared in the rapidly growing seaport town of Auckland in the late nineteenth century. Wild Child Wild Child presents a history of childhood in New Zealand over the past 150 years, explained in terms of the mirror themes of freedom and restraint. It looks at the patterns of play and routine tht transformed the wild colonial child of the 1880s into the cherised modern child of the 1950s. Scars on the Heart Scars on the Heart presents the human cost of war. It covers the New Zealand civil wars and Anglo-Boer War of the 19th Century, the First and Second World Wars, the Asian conflicts and our armed forces involvement in recent United Nations' peacekeeping missions.