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Wedding dresses: The colour and texture of love

Colour, textile and style can have strong cultural significance in the dresses worn by brides at weddings around the world. Like many traditions however, these features have been known to change.

The King chest of drawers and the early NZ missionaries

John and Hannah King were one of three artisan missionary couples who came to New Zealand with Rev Samuel Marsden to set up a mission in 1814. The Kings' belongings included a chest of drawers, now part of the Museum collection.

A korao no New Zealand

A korao no New Zealand was the first book printed in te reo Māori. It was written by Thomas Kendall, who learned te reo from Tuai of Ngāre Raumati.

Sir John Logan Campbell in Egypt

Sir John Logan Campbell travelled to Egypt in 1849 on a two-and-a-half year Grand Tour. His extensive travel journal captures his impressions from a voyage on the Nile.

Early 19th century Māori literacy

With the arrival of British missionaries, Māori quickly learned to read and write in order to learn about Christianity and European technology.

Rare books and conchology

Auckland Museum holds a fascinating collection of old, rare books on conchology. These books are as interesting for recording scientific developments and discoveries as they are for their illustrated plates.