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Auckland Museum is temporarily closed

Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum is closed to the public for four weeks in step with our county’s efforts to limit the transmission of the COVID-19 Coronavirus. Find out more


Auckland Museum's 160-year legacy of research, scholarship and innovation is experiencing an exciting era of development.

Future Museum, our 20-year strategic framework, reaffirms the crucial role research plays in bringing collections to life, releasing new knowledge and enriching the experience for our increasingly diverse audiences.

Research expeditions

In the wake of the Museum's highly successful 2011 Kermadec Islands expedition, many scientific papers were published in 2015, with the Kermadec findings brilliantly showcased in our 2013 Moana - My Ocean exhibition. Subsequent expeditions to the Three Kings Islands in April 2013 and the Kermadecs in 2015 also studied marine life and biodiversity. Between them, these expeditions will inform academic studies and Museum storytelling for years to come.

Research publications

Our expert staff and research associates publish widely. Members of the Museum's research team also contribute to and edit the Museum's own publications: the journal Records of the Auckland Museum and the monograph series, Bulletins of the Auckland Museum.

Research partnerships and collaboration

Research is a key component of the comprehensive programme to commemorate the centenary of WWI and other significant anniversaries of sacrifice and service. Partnership commitments have been set up with several leading tertiary institutions including the University of Auckland, Massey University and Manukau Institute of Technology.

A wealth of research information

The Museum's Collection and the Museum Library are valuable sources of information for all levels of researchers. We invite new researchers, academics, independent scholars, government research staff, postgraduates, iwi researchers, journalists, designers, writers and artists to pursue their research interests by consulting our collections.

  • Our specialists

    Our curatorial and research staff work with our many communities to develop and share information and new knowledge utilising the wonderfully diverse objects, documents, taonga and scientific specimens at Auckland Museum.​

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  • Research publications

    Auckland War Memorial Museum publishes two scholarly serials as part of its statutory role to advance and promote cultural and scientific scholarship and research.

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  • Research projects

    Since 1852 Auckland Museum’'s curatorial staff have been involved in a wide array of significant scientific and academic research projects.

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  • The Sir Hugh Kawharu Scholarship

    Applications closed 31 January 2020

    Applications have closed for the Sir Hugh Kawharu Scholarship, offered by the Kawharu Foundation in partnership with Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland Museum.

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