War Memorial

Anzac Day 2024

Join us this Anzac Day for a day of remembrance, tours, music, and poetry.

Entry to the Museum is free to everyone on Anzac Day. The Museum will open directly following the Dawn Service, and will close at 5PM. 

Please note there will be no Civic Service for the Anzac Commemoration 2024. The programme below may be subject to change without notice.

THU 25 APR
DAWN SERVICE

6AM, COURT OF HONOUR

After the Anzac Day Dawn Service, visit our commemorative galleries for your own personal reflections and to discover more about New Zealand’s history and involvement in conflicts around the world.

CENTENNIAL CHOIR PERFORMANCE
APPROX. 6.45 AM, DIRECTLY FOLLOWING THE DAWN SERVICE
WWI HALL OF MEMORIES, LEVEL 2

As the sun rises on Anzac Day, join the award-winning Centennial Choir from Mt Albert Grammar School as they welcome the dawn in the evocative surroundings of the WWI Hall of Memories, with a programme of reflection and remembrance, under the musical direction of Terence Maskell.

MILITARY SERVICE RESEARCH
6.45AM - 5PM
POU MAUMAHARA MEMORIAL DISCOVERY CENTRE, LEVEL 2

In Pou Maumahara, you can discover more about a service person using Online Cenotaph and other library resources.

PINWHEEL POPPIES
6.45AM – 5PM, WEIRD AND WONDERFUL, LEVEL 1
Create your own pinwheel red poppy to take home as a reminder of your day.

PEACE TREE
6.45AM – 5PM, WWI HALL OF MEMORIES
Write a message for peace and hope for those living in war-torn countries.

WWI AND WWII TOURS
7.30AM, 8.30AM, 9.30AM, 10.30AM, 11.30AM, 12.30PM, 1.30PM, 2.30PM & 3.30PM
MEET OUTSIDE PACIFIC LIFEWAYS, GROUND LEVEL

Join our experienced guides and explore the stories of the First and Second World Wars.

LEST WE FORGET POETRY COMPETITION FINALISTS
11AM, WWII HALL OF MEMORIES, LEVEL 2
Join us in support of the finalists of our Lest We Forget Poetry Competition, as they read their winning entries. Finalists were asked to create a response to our annual theme: Local Stories.

Field of Remembrance

From Monday 15 to Monday 29 April, a field of white crosses will be planted before the Museum to honour our fallen New Zealand soldiers from all wars & conflicts from 1845-2012.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Free on Anzac Day

The longest running and most prestigious nature photography competition in the world, direct from London's Natural History Museum. A must-see, world-class exhibition enjoyed all over the world by nature lovers and photographers.

VISIT THE EXHIBITION

Wildlife Photographer of the Year
More ways to commemorate

Anzac at Home

More ways to commemorate

From laying a virtual poppy to reading about additions to our Halls of Memories and the heroics of newspaper printers in WWII Crete, you can find many more ways to honour our service personnel at our Anzac Day at Home page.

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