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2021

  • Creativity in Momentous Times

    Wednesday 6 May 2020

    Whether a professional artist or crafty amateur, times of uncertainty and change can encourage us to get creative. Here are some objects in our collection that have been created during moments of significance, big andor small, and their stories.

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  • Excavating Otata Island: A Midden Revealed

    Excavating Otata Island: A Midden Revealed

    In March 2020, Auckland Museum archaeologists carried out a small excavation in a large coastal midden on Otata Island in the Hauraki Gulf, Tikapa Moana.

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  • Tools of Tātau and the Marks of a Leader

    Tools of Tātau and the Marks of a Leader

    A closer look at Taonga and specimens from across the Auckland Museum collection that feature in the Voyage to Aotearoa: Tupaia and the Endeavour exhibition - specifically Tahitian tātau (tattoo) tools - the uhi (chisel) and tā (beater).

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  • Identifying Belwood: Searching for Sitters

    Identifying Belwood: Searching for Sitters

    Did you ever wonder what might have happened to the family photos you were made to pose for when you were a child? Did you ever suspect they could wind up in a museum?

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  • Trade Beads and Nails

    Wednesday, 19 February 2020

    An examination of the surprising and illuminating tools of trade and exchange highlighted in the Voyage to Aotearoa: Tupaia and the Endeavour exhibition.

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  • An Endeavour to Preserve

    Monday, 2 December 2019

    Swab the decks! Repair the rigging and dress down the sails! Read about the efforts taken to conserve and restore some of the intricate models of the Endeavour in Auckland Museum's collection.

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  • Congratulations! Class of Carried Away

    Tuesday, 19 November 2019

    Carried Away: Bags Unpacked features bags from Auckland Museum’s Applied Arts and Design collection, alongside key pieces from the History, Māori and Pacific collections. Each bag is rich with stories, of innovative design, indigenous traditions and personal stories.

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  • Uncovering Documentary Evidence of the New Zealand Wars

    Tuesday, 22 October 2019

    Collection technicians from our Documentary Heritage team have been improving the quality of the Museum's records relating to the New Zealand wars. In doing so, they have uncovered some previously untold stories from the period. By making these records available online and searchable they hope to inspire budding historians and researchers alike to learn more about this part of New Zealand's history.

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  • Saving forests and furry animals: from conservation to Conservation

    Wednesday, 18 September 2019

    Auckland Museum's conservators help to play a part in conservation of New Zealand's native flora and fauna. Read on to find out how.

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