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Our galleries

Māori galleries

Auckland Museum protects and cares for an outstanding and significant collection of Māori treasures (taonga).

Over 1000 taonga are displayed in the main Māori galleries, He Taonga Māori (Māori Court) and Te Ao Tūroa (Māori Natural History Gallery) and many more are held in storage. These taonga are the ancestral representations of all the major tribes of Aotearoa. The taonga provide descendants with tangible links to their ancestral landscapes, their history and the people that came before them. They embody spiritual power measured in terms of mana (ancestral authority), tapu (restriction from everyday being) and kōrero (associated narratives), and these taonga continue to be viewed as key symbols of tribal identity by Māori today.

  • He Taonga Māori - Māori Court

    Visitors to He Taonga Māori (Māori Treasures) are presented with a story that relates the past, the present and something of the future of Māori in New Zealand.

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  • Te Ao Tūroa - Māori Natural History gallery

    Te Ao Tūroa or the Māori natural history gallery, has been developed to provide visitors with an opportunity for learning something about Māori knowledge and understanding of what is referred to by others as the natural world.

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