Auckland Museum is home to over 4 million objects and a team of passionate people who care for, learn from, and share our important collections. Here are the stories from our people and our taonga. 

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Antarctica: While you were sleeping

Watch Auckland Museum's iconic building become transformed into a majestic Antarctic iceberg. This is the story of how over four years this incredible artwork came to life.

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Journey of a Necklace

Each year, hundreds of Pacific objects pass through the hands of our team of conservators, technicians, photographers and knowledge holders who all help us to honour our role as kaitiaki to these intricate, fragile, elaborate, stunningly crafted and treasured taonga.  In this blog, we follow the journey of a dolphin-tooth necklace. 

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The Treaty of Waitangi Timeline


The Treaty of Waitangi is New Zealand's founding document. It was signed in 1840 by representatives of the British Crown and more than 500 Māori chiefs. It symbolises the unique relationship between the peoples of this nation - a relationship that continues to evolve today.

Read the timeline of events leading up to the signing of the the Treaty of Waitangi and beyond in both te reo Māori and English.


He Wataka

Kei tēnei wātaka ētahi o ngā mahi matua e pā ana ki te Tiriti o Waitangi –
te pukapuka taketake o Aotearoa.

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This timeline sets out some of the key events around the Treaty of Waitangi –
New Zealand's founding document.

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More stories from the collection



Auckland Museum Institute - 150 Years On

How do you create a museum? 150 years ago a group of forward thinkers founded an institute with one central objective: ‘The promotion of art, science and literature by means of a museum and library’. The Institute’s very first minute book reveals the events, people and their vision, which resulted in the Museum we enjoy today.  

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Lifting the lid on 50 year old tins

For over fifty years, a local primary school teacher meticulously collected and catalogued over 5,500 New Zealand insects. How do we preserve such a delicate and special collection? It takes time, tiny tools and controlled breathing.

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