Current and upcoming exhibitions

From ancient civilisations to West Auckland wildlife, the range of exhibitions coming to Auckland Museum has 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.

Secrets of Stonehenge
NOW OPEN

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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DOUBLE TROUBLE
TE AO MĀRAMA SOUTH ATRIUM

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DOUBLE TROUBLE

What’s more awesome than a real T. rex? Two of them!  

For the past year, ‘Peter’, one of the world’s rarest, most complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeletons, has captured the imagination of visitors to the Museum. Now Peter is being joined by Barbara, an even larger female T. rex with an incredible survival story of her own to tell.  

Get ready for double trouble in a world's first of prehistoric proportions. Witness history in the making as Peter and Barbara make their duo debut in Te Ao Mārama South Atrium - the only place you can see an adult male and female T. rex on display together. 

This exhibit 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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The Photography of Olaf Petersen
OPEN NOW - CLOSES MON 6 FEB

Nature Boy

The Photography of 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.

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Egypt: In the Time of Pharaohs
COMING JUN 2023

Egypt: In the Time of Pharaohs

Experience Ancient Egyptian culture and see how life flourished along the banks of the Nile. Over 5,000 years ago, Egypt became a state that unified many cities and towns along the Nile River. Since then, ancient Egypt’s powerful pharaohs, phenomenal pyramids and extraordinary art have captivated people’s imagination all over the world.

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

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Past exhibitions

Missed an exhibition? Explore our online content and exhibition archive here. 

Virtual exhibitions

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Virtual exhibitions

Go beyond the walls of the Museum to discover past exhibitions online, as well as bonus content from current special exhibitions. 

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Our recent Ancient Greeks exhibition
Past exhibitions

Past exhibitions

Go back through the years of Auckland Museum exhibitions.

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From our 2018 exhibition Are We There Yet?
Touring exhibitions

Touring exhibitions

Is your museum or gallery interested in hosting an Auckland Museum exhibition? Click through to find out what's available. 

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Nature Boy: The Photography of Olaf Petersen