About Our Collections
The formation of Auckland Museumís first collections began in 1852, when the Museum was first established, and they have been growing ever since.
These collections were initially designed to preserve and display the 'exotic' flora and fauna of the new country, and the arts, crafts and relics of its people, as well as to reflect the original cultures of the newly arrived settlers.
During the second half of the 19th Century, Auckland Museums collections grew rapidly. Impressive New Zealand natural science collections, and profoundly important archaeological and ethnographic Maori collections were assembled. Read more Ľ