Colours Gallery Colours Gallery tells the story of our dual history as both the Museum of Auckland and War Memorial. Here you can both discover the meaning of the beautiful stained glass above the Grand Foyer, inscriptions, Rolls of Honour and other architectural details which adorn and sanctify our building; and trace our development from a two-room cottage to one of the premiere museums of the Southern Hemisphere. Auckland War Memorial Museum was opened in 1929 to commemorate the monumental loss of New Zealand lives during the First World War. The building is a living memorial to all the men and women, enlisted in the Auckland province, who lost their lives in a theatre of war or other military conflict. Almost a third of the 18,166 New Zealanders who died as a result of the First World War have no known graves, buried half a world away from their grieving families. War memorials, such as this building, allow loved ones to have a place to remember those who died in all our wars.