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We regularly update this page with new videos, blog posts and children's activities, so keep coming back to see what’s new.

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Discover all sorts of fascinating things, just see what takes your fancy

Things to read

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For the Kids

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<big>Sharks: Reality bites</big>

Sharks: Reality bites

As summer arrives, the perceived threat of sharks is once again being brought into our collective consciousness. But are sharks really a threat to you, or do they just have a case of bad PR?

Auckland Museum’s new shark-damaged surfboard tells a curious story of our misguided fears about the species and acts as a starting point for exploring opposing perspectives.

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How well do you really know Tāmaki Makaurau?
SHIFTING GROUNDS

How well do you really know Tāmaki Makaurau?

They’re places Aucklanders, and indeed New Zealanders, know well. But overriding narratives about their history don’t tell us the full story.

Curator, History Lucy Mackintosh unearths the deeper and complex histories of our city in her new book, Shifting Grounds: Deep Histories of Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland.

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This is big
MĀNGERE KAAWA FORMATION FOSSILS

This is big

It began as an infrastructure project, but it is now also a project to uncover who inhabited Auckland’s seas and forests 3.5 million years ago.

We’ve partnered with Watercare’s Central Interceptor project and are in conversation with the Mana Whenua Kaitiaki Managers Forum, to collect, identify, care for and research fossils recently discovered during the excavation of the Central Interceptor main shaft at Greenwood Road, Māngere. This project is one for the history books - some of the fossils are species that are new, previously unknown to science.

Check out the latest updates and exciting new developments on our dedicated page.

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What we’re excited to see again
THINGS TO READ

What we’re excited to see again

Who better to advise you on some of the best things to see at the Museum than the very people who know our displays most intimately?

We asked our curators what Collection items they're most excited to see again when the Museum reopens, to help you prepare the perfect must-see list.

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Partnership leads to world-first for indigenous naming
THINGS TO READ

Partnership leads to world-first for indigenous naming

Biodiversity scientists from the Museum and the California Academy of Sciences worked with Ngātiwai kaumātua to name a new species of pygmy pipehorse. This is the first time an indigenous group has been formally listed as the naming authority of a new species of animal.

 

Image: Irene Middleton, seacologynz.com

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What's on the bookshelves of Museum staff?
THINGS TO READ

What's on the bookshelves of Museum staff?

Take a look at the eclectic collections of some of Aotearoa's biggest book lovers. Find out what books they'd recommend adding to your collection.

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Sea Monsters at your place
FOR THE KIDS

Sea Monsters at your place

Although you can't bring the kids to Auckland Museum to see the Sea Monsters exhibition anymore, you can take them on a journey of discovery via this page of Sea Monsters activities, videos and more.

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Explore the Sir Edmund Hillary Archive
AN INCREDIBLE LIFE IN PHOTOS

Explore the Sir Edmund Hillary Archive

Delve into the vast Hillary Pictorial Archive, featuring more than 7,000 photos from Sir Edmund Hillary’s personal collection. These provide a first-hand record of his world-famous international expeditions and of his family life.

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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.

Choose your puzzle