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Auckland Museum is closed temporarily

Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum will be closed from 10am on Wednesday 12 August in response to our city’s efforts to limit the transmission of the COVID-19 Coronavirus. We look forward to welcoming you back when the city moves back to Level 2 and we are safely able to do so.

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George Bourne and the flying machines

​Aerial photography is almost as old as the aeroplane itself. Weekly News photographer George Bourne was one of the early adopters of the genre, flying with his friends, Leo and Vivian Walsh.

A living memorial

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. Auckland War Memorial Museum was built by a community that needed a place to remember those who died.

The Battle of Passchendaele

Find out why this major World War One battle took place and how it led to two of New Zealand's greatest tragedies amid dreadful conditions.

New Zealand troops in Sāmoa

After Britain declared war on Germany on 4 August 1914, New Zealand sent an Expeditionary Force Advance Party to capture the German territory of Sāmoa and the state-of-the-art wireless tower recently erected near Apia to capture the German territory on behalf of the British Empire.

Early European charts of the Pacific Ocean

The Museum Library has in its collection a number of maps dating from the 17th and 18th centuries that depict the charting of the Pacific as Europeans sailed around the world and recorded their search for new territories and exotic merchandise.

Still simmering: Cookbook time capsules

You don't need to be a chef to appreciate the charm of old cookbooks. They have always offered more than mere instruction on ingredients and method.

The Gazette Extraordinary

​In the early 1840s, the government relied on the newly established newspaper industry to notify colonists of government business. When the same newspapers published material that was critical of the Colonial Administration, the Lieutenant Governor William Hobson started a new publication, the Gazette Extraordinary.

Heritage Auckland newspapers

Many know of the Auckland newspapers The New Zealand Herald and the Auckland Star. But were you aware that at least 16 other newspapers were published in Auckland between 1841 and 1880?​​

John Watt Beattie's south and western Pacific views

View photographs of South and Western Pacific life taken by J. W. Beattie in 1906. The original glass plate images are digitised for easy viewing.

Te Wai (Water)

Water is a defining feature of Auckland. Both wai māori (fresh) and wai tai (salty), it nourishes and refreshes us, and in return requires looking after. Without water, the huarahi (roads) would be even more congested and our tūpuna (ancestors) might never have arrived here.

Bookplates: Small works of art

Bookplates are used to indicate a book's owner. The artistic design of each bookplate typically provides clues to the owner's taste and individuality.

NZ troopship magazines from the First World War

Magazines were produced during the First World War by the troops onboard ships travelling to and from war. They provide unique insights into life on the troopships and can be viewed online.