Current and upcoming exhibitions
 

Over the course of 2021 and 2022 Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum brings to Auckland an exciting programme of international touring exhibitions alongside the Museum’s own shows that illustrate the wealth and diversity of its collections.

 

Photographing Early Auckland
ENDS SUN 4 JULY

1850s – 1870s

Photographing Early Auckland

This small exhibition records changes over time to the shoreline of the Waitematā, and immediate surrounds through historical Auckland photography.

This exhibition is free for Aucklanders and Museum Members, donations invited from other New Zealand visitors. Included in international visitors admission charge.

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Sea Monsters
OPENS WED 7 JUL

It's a monster of an exhibition

Sea Monsters

Something big is coming to Auckland Museum! This incredible exhibition brings together more than 70 displays that will introduce you to the prehistoric ocean predators that ruled the seas millions of years ago. You’ll see fossils , and gigantic life-sized casts, including a 13-metre long Elasmosaurus and 9-metre long Prognathodon,  and dive in to history with over a dozen hands-on interactives.

Tickets are on sale on Wednesday 16 June for this record-breaking exhibition from the Australian National Maritime Museum.

This exhibition will be free for Museum Members

 

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Love & Loss
OPENS WED 28 JUL

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.

Letters, diaries, emails and messages can be much more than just transactions of information. They have the power to capture and retain emotion, documenting love and loss - a connection between two people at a particular point in time and space. 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 Aucklanders and Museum Members, donations invited from other New Zealand visitors. Included in international visitors admission charge

COMING DEC 2021

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 exhibition will be free for Museum Members

Photography by Olaf Petersen
COMING MAR 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 Aucklanders and Museum Members, donations invited from other New Zealand visitors. Included in international visitors admission charge

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 exhibition will be free for Museum Members

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