Current and upcoming exhibitions
 

From ancient civilizations to love letters and West Auckland wildlife, the range of exhibitions coming to Auckland Museum have something for everyone. And remember, Museum Members get unlimited free access to all paid exhibitions as well as many more benefits. Find out more about becoming a member here.

Love & Loss
ON NOW UNTIL SUN 6 MAR

Emotional and real

Love & Loss

Bringing together some of the most moving and memorable letters from the Museum’s Documentary Heritage collections, this exhibition explores expressions of love, loss, and longing through a bold and contemporary curatorial lens. New technologies allow us to communicate these emotions in more ways, but our need to tell people we love and miss them is timeless.

This exhibition is free for all Aucklanders, and is included in international visitors' admission charge. Donations are invited from other New Zealand visitors.

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SHELF-LIFE
ON DISPLAY UNTIL SUN 1 MAY

Hypnotising photographs

SHELF-LIFE

Though very beautiful, British photographer Mandy Barker's hypnotising photographs highlight the sinister reality of society's reliance on plastic and the damage it causes to the natural world. Working alongside scientists, Barker photographed real plastic rubbish collected on the pristine beaches of a remote island and transformed it into an evocative series of works with a simple message: we must act now.

SHELF-LIFE, a series of 10 photographs by Barker, will be on display in the Grand Foyer to draw attention to the plight of the world's oceans and the impact of pollution on marine life and, ultimately, ourselves.

This display is free for all Aucklanders, and is included in international visitors' admission charge. Donations are invited from other New Zealand visitors.

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Secrets of Stonehenge
COMING SOON

Mysterious monuments

Secrets of Stonehenge

Explore where, when, why, and perhaps most intriguingly, how Stonehenge was built. Now after 20 years of excavations at Stonehenge and at the source of its bluestones in Wales, archaeologists finally have some answers.

Secrets of Stonehenge highlights more than 300 ancient artefacts and the latest cutting-edge scientific research to answer questions about this iconic, mysterious World Heritage Site.

This is a paid exhibition but is free for Museum Members.

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Photography by Olaf Petersen
COMING APR 2022

Nature Boy

Photography by Olaf Petersen

Award-winning Swanson photographer Olaf Petersen (1915-1994) spent a lifetime creating images of the outdoors, especially on the coast of West Auckland. Predominantly showcasing landscapes, Petersen’s images often include elements that cross the boundaries of nature and humanity, often including the presence of people in the frame. Seabirds and children feature on windswept sandhills and beaches, morning mists cling to trees as sunlight breaks through.

This exhibition is free for all Aucklanders, and is included in international visitors' admission charge. Donations are invited from other New Zealand visitors.

Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors and Heroes
COMING JUN 2022

Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors and Heroes

This exhibition from the British Museum’s world-renowned collection from the Ancient Greek world is the largest selection of ancient artefacts ever loaned by the British Museum to New Zealand. It will showcase a wide range of treasures and stories and includes a selection of iconic sculptures from the ‘Mausoleum at Halikarnassos’, one of the seven wonders of the Ancient World.

This is a paid exhibition but is free for Museum Members.

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