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Natural Sciences

The four main collections are: Botany, Entomology, Marine and Land Vertebrates.

Auckland Museum protects and cares for approximately 1.5 million natural science specimens in collections that have been built over 150 years.  The focus of the collections is northern New Zealand, but they also contain material from the rest of the country, the South West Pacific and other parts of the world.


Whether you want to identify a strange spider, unknown plant, fish or find out what the frogs had for lunch, our staff are there to help. If you have something you want identified, contact Weird and Wonderful on the first floor of the Museum. 

  • Botany

    The Herbarium provides the basic means by which the Museum's Botany Collections team can carry out the collection and preservation of botanical materials.

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  • Imaging type specimens

    Important components of our collections are the 'type' specimens.

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  • Land vertebrates

    Auckland Museum's outstanding land vertebrates collection comprises over 12,500 bird specimens, 2,500 amphibians and reptiles and 1,000 land mammals.

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