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Our galleries

Top floor

War

In our short history warfare has played a major role in shaping New Zealand's identity.  These galleries, situated on Level 2, tell the story of New Zealand's involvement in wars from the New Zealand Wars to East Timor. 

Gallery Map - Level 2Reading Room & Library Sainsbury Horrocks GalleryWW1 & Boer War & NZ Wars Auditorium The WWII Hall of Memories Spitfire WW2 & Later Conflicts Pou Maumahara Memorial Discovery Centre Zero Colours Holocaust The WWI Sanctuary

Unfortunately we do not have wheelchair accessible toilets on this level. Accessible toilets are located on the Ground Floor and First Floor.

  • Auditorium

    The Museum’s 200 seat tiered auditorium is perfect for business presentations or small live performances.

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  • Colours Gallery

    In the Colours Gallery you can discover the meaning of the beautiful stained glass, inscriptions, Rolls of Honour and other architectural details which adorn and sanctify our building.

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  • Holocaust Gallery

    The Holocaust Gallery was developed with the support of Auckland'’s Jewish community and tells the story of the Holocaust through artefacts, photographs and the personal stories of refugees who came to New Zealand.

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  • Museum Library

    The Auckland War Memorial Museum Library is one of the major research libraries in the country.

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  • Pou Maumahara Memorial Discovery Centre

    Our new Memorial Discovery Centre, Pou Maumahara, opens in November 2016. It will be a place for visitors to research and make personal discoveries about New Zealand servicemen and women.

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  • Scars on the Heart

    These award-winning twin galleries present the human cost of war. They cover the New Zealand Wars, the Anglo-Boer War, the First and Second World Wars, the Asian conflicts and our armed forces involvement in recent United Nations peacekeeping missions.

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  • Spitfire

    The Spitfire was the favourite fighter aircraft of New Zealand and British fighter pilots in World War Two.

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  • World War One Hall of Memories

    Inscribed on the walls of the World War One Hall of Memories are the 7297 names of New Zealanders from the Auckland Province who died in the First World War. Almost a third of them have no known grave.

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  • World War Two Hall of Memories

    The Halls of Memory remember the 11,671 men and women killed in the Second World War.

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  • Zero

    The mainstay of Japan'’s air war in the Pacific this Mitsubishi A6M3 Zero-sen 22 was intended to be flown on a kamikaze mission.

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