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Ground level


The ground level tells the story of Pacific People; Māori, Pakeha, the peoples of Oceania and other newcomers.  These spaces examine the diversity of Pacific Island communities and the astonishing beauty of the objects they produced. 

Please note: the Landmarks gallery is now closed while we build an exciting new gallery.


  • Māori Court

    Māori Court displays some of the most significant and beautiful taonga (Māori treasures) in the world.

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  • Pacific Masterpieces

    Pacific Masterpieces shows some of the most beautiful and important Oceanic art and artefacts in the world, ranging from delicate combs to ocean going canoes and from feathered cloaks to shields.

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  • Pacific Lifeways

    Pacific Lifeways displays the diversity of island communities across the Pacific and the common concepts and technologies that bind them across the vast reaches of that ocean.

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  • Grand Foyer

    The Museum's neo-classical Grand Foyer is a beautiful place to get your bearings.

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