Our Natural Sciences collections contain almost 1.5. million specimens, covering botany, entomology, geology, land vertebrates, marine life, and palaeontology. Our collections include many specimens from northern New Zealand, as well as the rest of the country, the south-west Pacific and other parts of the world.

This is big

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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Explore over half a million records and thousands of images of our Natural Sciences specimens. What will you find?