Our doors are open again but when you’re in need of an at-home Museum fix, experience some of the best parts of Tāmaki Paenga Hira here. Watch how volcanoes are made, write a poem for Auckland, make native birds come alive in a puzzle, deep dive into one of our blogs or discover some fun and educational activities to entertain the kids. Spend some time with us online today. Our collections are here for you to explore.

 

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 Pacific Language Weeks 2020

Pacific Language Weeks 2020

We are working closely with New Zealand’s Pacific communities to maintain and promote heritage language.

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For the kids

For the kids

Boredom busters for inquisitive minds! Have a go at our interactive games, download activities to do offline and watch fun and educational videos made just for kids.

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Piece by piece

Piece by piece

Take a closer look at some of our collection objects by doing one (or several!) of our jigsaw puzzles. You can adjust the difficulty of each puzzles to suit the puzzler, so they suit any age, skill level, or time contraint.

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Take a virtual tour

Take a virtual tour

We've opened up our exhibition archives for you to explore.

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How well do you know Auckland Museum?
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How well do you know Auckland Museum?

Find out how much you know about Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum, through this quiz.

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The indomitable Polly Plum
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The indomitable Polly Plum

Mary Colclough, or "Polly Plum", was at the forefront of the women’s suffrage movement in New Zealand. She attracted large audiences in Auckland, Thames, Ngāruawāhia and Hamilton at a time when public speaking by women was not common (boats were laid on from the North Shore for her second Auckland lecture). Under her nom de plume "Polly Plum" she occupied many column inches squaring up to her numerous dissenters. Responding to a Letter to the Editor in 1871, Mary summed up her demands for all women succintly as “the right, as thinking, reasoning beings, to decide for themselves what is best for their own happiness. If they were satisfied with man's decision, this agitation for change would not be.”

Born in London in 1836, Mary trained as a teacher before coming to New Zealand in 1859, where she married in 1861. Her husband died young so Mary continued working and raised her two children independently. She became a household name in the 1870s as a champion for women’s rights to an education, their own careers, guardianship of their children and the vote. She also advocated for temperance as well as improved treatment of prostitutes and women prisoners.

Mary crossed the Tasman in 1874 where she continued her support for women’s causes. She returned to New Zealand and teaching in 1876 in time to witness the passing of the Married Women’s Property Act in 1884, but unfortunately did not live to see women in New Zealand receive the vote. She died in 1885, aged forty-nine, following a serious accident.

Her tireless advocacy is celebrated by this folding chair, inscribed with "M C" for Mary Colclough, "WCTU" for the Women's Christian Temperance Union, and "Polly Plum", along with the dedication "In memory of one who loved to serve".


Folding chair dedicated to MC "Polly Plum" and WCTU, Auckland [2006.98.2] © Auckland Museum CC BY

Want to read more?

Want to read more?

Whether you're after a fast fact or a deep dive, we've collected stories, blogs and short reads from all around the Museum's collections and gathered them here. 

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Dish, Iznik, Turkey, 16th Century, Ceramic, polychrome paint under transparent glaze. Collection of the Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira K1850.

Journeys in the Wild with Gavin Thurston

Join Gavin Thurston, the award-winning cameraman of David Attenborough’s series, Blue Planet II and Planet Earth II, as he shares his extraordinary and adventurous true stories of tracking and filming our planet's most captivating creatures.