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Original Thinkers - Celebrating 150 years of the Auckland Museum Institute

Opens Wed 20 Sep
FREE, GRAND FOYER MEZZANINE, LEVEL 1

Detail of correspondence from Charles Darwin to Thomas Cheeseman, 1873.

Tamaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum. MS-58.

In 1867 an institute was formed with one central objective: ‘the promotion of art, science and literature by means of a museum and library’.

Come and learn more about Auckland Museum Institute’s forward-thinking founders and their pivotal role in laying the foundations for this Museum and its world-class collections in this display celebrating the Institute's 150th anniversary.

Delve into the connections between Charles Darwin and the Museum’s earliest curator and botanist Thomas Cheeseman - a rare chance to see their correspondence first-hand.

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