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When you think of a Tuatara's natural habitat, a war memorial museum is probably the last place that comes to mind. In this blog, Grace Yee, Collection Technician for the IDEA project shares with us the peculiar story of Auckland Museum's rooftop tuatara, who lived on top of the Museum until the mid 1940s.
There are over 4 million items in our collection, but every item has an individual story and particular significance. Below we're shining a spotlight on some our more unique items, presented by those who know the collections best.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.