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Human History

Auckland Museum protects and cares for nearly 200,000 human history objects, in collections that have been developed and cared for over 150 years.

The focus of the four main collections is predominantly Auckland-based, however they also contain significant materials from the rest of New Zealand and around the world.

These collections are used by academics and the public, for reference, research, publication and display.

  • Applied Arts and Design

    The Museum is a treasure house of contemporary and historic ceramics, glass, metalwork, furniture, textiles and jewellery from our own collections and from around the world.

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  • Archaeology

    The Archaeology team looks after New Zealand Māori and European material, collections from other places in the Pacific, and small amounts of material from ancient civilisations and peoples elsewhere in the world.

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  • Ethnology

    The artefact collections of ethnology are concentrated on New Zealand Māori and the Pacific Islands, along with material from South-East Asia, Australia and Africa.

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