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About our collection

Natural Science collection

The four main collections are: Botany, Entomology, Marine and Land Vertebrates.

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.

More about natural science

Visit the Museum'’s Natural History Information Centre on the first floor.  Here you have the opportunity to find out more about our exhibits, our natural science collections and New Zealand’'s unique natural environment.


Whether you want to identify a strange spider, unknown plant, fish or find out what the frogs had for lunch, our staff are there to help. If you have something you want identified, contact the following Museum services:

Both are located on the first floor of the Museum.

  • Botany

    The Herbarium provides the basic means by which the Museum's Botany Collections team can carry out the collection and preservation of botanical materials.

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  • Imaging type specimens

    Important components of our collections are the 'type' specimens.

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  • Land vertebrates

    Auckland Museum's outstanding land vertebrates collection comprises over 12,500 bird specimens, 2,500 amphibians and reptiles and 1,000 land mammals.

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