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Volume: Making Music in Aotearoa

28 Oct 2016 - 21 May 2017

Celebrate the music of our nation with Volume: Making Music in Aotearoa, the first-ever major exhibition of New Zealand music. A homegrown, hands-on, ears-on exhibition, Volume explores the soundtracks of our lives through vibrant and interactive displays.

From 'Loyal' to 'Royals', from C'mon to clubs, from 'Poi Poi Twist' to 'Poi E', Volume is a landmark exhibition about making and performing popular music in Aotearoa. 

Volume takes you on a musical journey, starting with today, and winding back through the decades to the 1950s. Hear the songs that you've fallen in love to, broken up to and everything in between.

Get up close to hundreds of objects from the personal collections of some of Aotearoa's most well-known artists. Costumes, instruments, handwritten lyrics, awards, images and memorabilia will bring the story of New Zealand music to life.

Volume is more than just a history of popular music. You'll be able to step into a recording studio, spin the decks as a DJ, flip through records in a 1980s' record store, unleash your inner rock star and learn to play a classic Kiwi song in a 1970s' pub, or step back in time and on to the set of 1960s' music show C'mon.

Volume has been developed with the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame Trust (APRA AMCOS and Recorded Music NZ), and is amplified by SPARK.

Check out for first of the Volume Museum Sessions for a taste of things to come, or sign up to the Volume newsletter for exclusive content, competitions, and more.

  • Volume Museum Sessions: Campbell

    Volume Museum Sessions is a creative project showcasing four up-and-coming New Zealand musicians in a series of live performance films, captured in iconic spaces around the Museum. Campbell is the first artist in the Museum Sessions series, recorded live in the Grand Foyer.

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