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Ground floor


The ground level tells the story of Pacific People; Māori, Pakeha, the peoples of Oceania and other newcomers.  These spaces examine the diversity of Pacific Island communities and the astonishing beauty of the objects they produced. 

Pacific Masterpieces Museum Shop Pacific Lifeways Music Encounter Exhibition Hall Maori Court Landmarks Wild ChildAtrium Cafe Museum Shop
  • Grand Foyer

    The Museum's neo-classical Grand Foyer is a beautiful place to get your bearings.

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  • Landmarks

    Citing tradition and innovation, Landmarks features pieces designed and made in Europe over the past four centuries.

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  • Encounter

    Encounter: New Zealand Design and Decorative Arts celebrates nearly two centuries of decorative and design object making in New Zealand.

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  • Wild Child

    The Wild Child gallery presents a history of childhood in New Zealand over the past 150 years, explained in terms of the mirror themes of freedom and restraint.

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  • Pacific Lifeways

    Pacific Lifeways displays the diversity of island communities across the Pacific and the common concepts and technologies that bind them across the vast reaches of that ocean.

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  • Pacific Masterpieces

    Pacific Masterpieces shows some of the most beautiful and important Oceanic art and artefacts in the world, ranging from delicate combs to ocean going canoes and from feathered cloaks to shields.

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  • Māori Court

    Māori Court displays some of the most significant and beautiful taonga (Māori treasures) in the world.

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  • Atrium

    In 2006 after 12 years of building work and fundraising Auckland War Memorial Museum proudly threw open the doors to the brand new Dome.

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  • Music - Castle Collection

    The Castle Collection is an eclectic collection of over 480 antique, rare and unusual musical instruments.

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