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Auckland Museum is closed until further notice, in step with our city’s efforts to limit the transmission of the COVID-19. Find out more.

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.

 

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

The Enduring Impact of the First World War
Research

The Bulletin

The Enduring Impact of the First World War

Each edition of the Bulletin of the Auckland Museum showcases a range of original research by our staff and other academics, pieces relating to items in the Museum's collection or, in the case of this edition, a major historical event. Co-edited by Associate Curator (History) Gail Romano with Prof Kingsley Baird (Massey University), this edition explores some of the legacies of 1917 – a remarkable single year during the First World War.

Read more

Decolonising and Indigenising Museums
Panel Discussion

Ngā Kākano

Decolonising and Indigenising Museums

The first public event in Te Ao Mārama, the new South Atrium, was Ngā Kākano: Decolonising and Indigenising Museums. Six distinguished speakers all brought valuable and unique perspectives on the night, generating thought-provoking discussion on the topic of representation, scholarship and where to next.

Watch the full discussion here

Beauty is in the eye of the purse-holder
GOOGLE ARTS & CULTURE

Beauty is in the eye of the purse-holder

The protruding claws may not scream elegance at first, but this purse crafted from the foot of an albatross is part of a long history of pouches and bags fashioned from seabirds. Take a Google Arts & Culture audio tour of this peculiar purse and learn how such a curious object came into being.

Listen Now

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.

ready, set, go!

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

   

The Story of Te Awe


Te Awe was a project about enriching, reorganising, and improving the care of our 10,000+ taonga Māori in a way that is embedded in Mātauranga Māori. Through this mahi Auckland Museum made the taonga Māori collection more visible and accessible to iwi, hāpu, whānau, Museum staff, researchers, and the public. 

Learn more about the project and watch all four episodes here.

Take a virtual tour

Take a virtual tour

We've opened up our exhibition archives for you to explore. Travel through time and space as you virutally walk through our archive of historic exhibitions.

Come on in

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. 

Read much, much more


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