Stories

Stories

Ngā kōrero paki mō ō matou whānau, hapu, Iwi, ō mātou taonga, me ō mātou kāinga.
Auckland Museum is home to over 4 million objects and a team of passionate people who care for, learn from, and share our important collections. Here are the stories from our people and our taonga. 

Blogs

 

It's what's inside that counts

It's what's inside that counts

To archaeologists, one man's trash really is another man's treasure. So much can be learned about a person by examining the things they've left behind, even if the original owner didn't think they were particularly important. Read on to discover a story of a 20th century teenager, pieced together from the contents of a rather unconventional rubbish bin

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Cenotaph Stories

 

25 years of Online Cenotaph

25 years of Online Cenotaph

Online Cenotaph has been commemorating the experiences of Aotearoa New Zealand’s military service for more than 25 years. Online Cenotaph is a collection of data relating to Aotearoa New Zealand’s operational military service including personal, biographical, demographic, social and military information. But it is much more than a collection of datapoints.

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Collection Stories

 

Sparrow Industrial Pictures

Sparrow Industrial Pictures

Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira houses and cares for a collection of approximately 50,000 Sparrow Industrial Pictures negatives. Donated to the Museum in 1982 by Commercial Photographers Ltd, these negatives depict images taken, predominantly in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, from 1945 to 1966.

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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 projects. This research aims to investigate and illuminate the world in which we live. 

Te Awe

Te Awe was a project about enriching, reorganising, and improving the care of our 10,000+ taonga Māori in a way that is embedded in Mātauranga Māori. Through this mahi Auckland Museum made the taonga Māori collection more visible and accessible to iwi, hāpu, whānau, Museum staff, researchers, and the public. 

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Pacific Collection Access Project

From 2016 to 2019 Auckland Museum opened up access to its Pacific treasures collection and created stronger connections with Auckland’s Pacific communities. From musical instruments to weapons, textiles to carvings, tools to ornaments – the project enabled the Pacific collection to be better known, cared for and accessible onsite, offsite and online.

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More from Research

More from Research

Click through to find out more about our research projects, people, publications, and opportunities to get involved.

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