Current Exhibitions at

Auckland Museum

Fri 30 Mar to Sun 13 May 2018, Special Exhibitions Hall

Brickman: Wonders of the World

Image caption: Piazza San Marco sculpture, 2017. Image courtesy of Brickman

LEGO® lovers look out! Direct from a blockbuster summer at Te Papa, Ryan McNaught (aka Brickman), one of only fourteen LEGO® Certified Professionals globally, will bring some of the world’s most iconic landmarks and masterpieces made exclusively from LEGO® bricks to Auckland Museum.

Ryan McNaught  and his team have spent a jaw-dropping 4,944 hours building the 50 LEGO® masterpieces that will be on display including the Taj Mahal, Michelangelo’s Statue of David, The Great Wall of China, the Empire State Building (complete with King Kong), the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Arc de Triomphe.

Visitors will be taken on a historical journey through time, with the opportunity to discover more about each attraction – real life and LEGO® life! Ryan will also be enlisting the building skills of the public to help with some of the model making, creating a truly interactive and imaginative experience.   


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Let Me Be Myself - The Life Story of Anne Frank 




Auckland Museum with support from The Holocaust Centre of New Zealand presents this international exhibition developed by Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. Learn how life was for Anne Frank and her family, and follow the events surrounding the Holocaust and the rise of the Nazi Party in Germany.

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Offsite Exhibition 

Volume South 

FRI 2 FEB - SUN 26 AUG 2018


Volume South is the South Auckland edition of our exhibition about making music in Aotearoa, hosted by Manukau Institute of Technology in Manukau. 

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Upcoming Exhibitions in 2018

Sat 9 June 2018 to mid-May 2019, Sainsbury Horrocks Gallery, Free with museum entry

The Secret World of Butterflies

Image caption: Morpho godartii didius. Peru . Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira. Ray Shannon Bequest. AMNZ128804

Discover an enchanting world in this exhibition displaying thousands of butterfly specimens. The collection of butterfly enthusiast Ray Shannon will be shown for the first time, with incredible butterflies from all around the world and in every colour lining the walls of the gallery.

Create your own butterfly and set it free in a lush digital forest. The exhibition explores the science of butterflies such as metamorphosis, anatomy and habitat through interactive activities. The Secret World of Butterflies is perfect for young explorers and lovers of the natural world.

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Fri 6 July 2018 – 31 Oct 2018, Special Exhibitions Hall, Free with museum entry

Are We There Yet? Women and Equality in Aotearoa

Image caption: Women’s March, Auckland, January 2017. Photographer Emily Lear. Auckland Museum Collection: PH-2017-10-1 

We celebrate 125 years of suffrage in New Zealand with a contemporary exhibition that uses this historic anniversary as a springboard to examine the successes and speed-bumps of gender equality so far, and where to next.

In the year of #metoo, how far have we come since 1893?  Hard-hitting issues such as reproductive rights, gendered violence, online trolling, equal pay, legal rights and body image are all up for discussion and interrogation.

Photographs of trailblazers, ground-breaking marches, and posters and publications from the Museum’s collection will be on display, including photography by Gil Hanly and Robin Morrison, and a short-film directed by renowned filmmaker Gaylene Preston. Stay tuned for an incredible line up of events to support the exhibition.