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Volume: Making Music in Aotearoa

Past Event
28 Oct 2016 - 21 May 2017

Celebrate the music of our nation with Volume: Making Music in Aotearoa, the first-ever major exhibition of New Zealand music. A homegrown, hands-on, ears-on exhibition, Volume explores the soundtracks of our lives through vibrant and interactive displays. 

Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira

Volume takes you on a musical journey, starting with today, and winding back through the decades to the 1950s. Hear the songs that you've fallen in love to, broken up to and everything in between.

Get up close to hundreds of objects from the personal collections of some of Aotearoa's most well-known artists. Costumes, instruments, handwritten lyrics, awards, images and memorabilia will bring the story of New Zealand music to life.

Volume is more than just a history of popular music. You'll be able to step into a recording studio, spin the decks as a DJ, flip through records in a 1980s' record store, unleash your inner rock star and learn to play a classic Kiwi song in a 1970s' pub, or step back in time and on to the set of 1960s' music show C'mon.

Check out upcoming Volume events, and make sure you sign up to the Volume newsletter for exclusive content, competitions, and more.

Volume has been developed with the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame Trust (APRA AMCOS and Recorded Music NZ), and is amplified by SPARK.

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The music doesn’t need to stop when you leave Volume – you can take tagged playlists, films, and your own Volume moments home with you.

Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira

  • The exhibition experience

    You may walk in as a Museum visitor, but you'll walk out as a rockstar, DJ, VJ, dancer, and producer. Learn more about what you can see and do at Volume.

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  • Volume Museum Sessions

    Volume Museum Sessions is a creative project showcasing four up-and-coming New Zealand musicians in a series of live performance films, captured in iconic spaces around the Museum.

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  • Volume blog

    Behind-the-scenes stories of Volume and responses to current events.

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  • Volume Scene Report: Podcast series

    What's your scene? Where do you experience New Zealand music? Pitch your story to help create the ​Volume Scene Report ​youth podcast series with guidance from the pros at Radio New Zealand.

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