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Level one



The natural history galleries are all situated on Level 1 and tell New Zealand's evolutionary story and describe our unique environment.


  • Origins

    Origins tells the story of our geological origins - how New Zealand split from Gondwana - and the origins of our unique animal and plant life.

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  • Māori Natural History

    Te Ao Tūroa or the Māori Natural History Gallery focuses on a body of knowledge called matauranga, which includes Māori scientific and technological knowledge and expertise.

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  • Land

    Continuing the story which begins in the Origins Gallery, The Land Gallery displays the dramatic contrasts of New Zealand’s environment.

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  • Volcanoes

    This rare look at our turbulent geological home is an up close and personal examination of the scientific and human stories of volcanoes.

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  • Ancient Worlds

    Drawn from Auckland Museum's own collections, this gallery illustrates the depth and variety of ancient civilisation and cultures throughout the world.

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  • The Mackelvie Collection

    Part of the Museum's Decorative Arts collection, The Mackelvie Collection includes diverse items bequeathed to Auckland during the late 19th Century.

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  • Weird & Wonderful

    A free children's gallery, the Weird & Wonderful Discovery Centre is a hands-on space for discovering the natural world.

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  • Arts of Asia

    The Arts of Asia gallery features an outstanding selection of objects representing the diverse cultures of Asia.

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  • The Russell Statues

    Three of these restored 19th century plaster casts of classical Greek sculptures (the Dying Gaul’, Laocoön’ and ‘Discobolus)’ sit on display on the level one landing and above the entrance to the Grand Foyer.

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