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Learn about the Ancient Egyptians that lived 5,000 years ago! Unwrap their treasures and secrets in our Treasures & Tales video, take our fun Ancient Egypt quiz and learn to write in hieroglyphics.
Do you know your magma from your lava? Watch a recording of our recent Treasures & Tales online: Volcanoes of Auckland live session, plus a bunch of other volcanoes videos. Test your volcano knowledge in a fun quiz.
The Sea Monsters exhibition may have ended, but you can go on a journey of discovery via this page of Sea Monsters activities, videos and more.
Impress your friends by becoming an expert on Aotearoa's native plants with these fun activities!
While you’re out and about in your neighbourhood, see if you can spot these plants commonly found around Tāmaki Makaurau.
Test your knowledge of Aotearoa's native plants in this cool crossword.
Adults! We've also created a crossword for you (download).
Thank you to Ewen Cameron, Ricky-Lee Erickson, Bernice Moore, Ruby Moore, Dhahara Ranatunga, Tom Rowlands, Mereana Taungapeau and Robert Vennell for helping create our native plant crosswords.
Watch this recording of our recent Tūhura Taonga ā tuihono: Te Aitanga a Pēpeke te reo Māori learning session.
He weriweri rawa,
He Mīharo rawa,
He paku rawa te nuinga o ēnei taonga tino whakahirahira o te taiao.
Tūhuratia te ao o te Aitanga ā-Pēpeke. Me wānanga tātou katoa he aha ētahi o ōna uri kua kitea? Me pēhea ēnei ngārara e tiaki ana i te taiao me tātou anō hoki?
Koinei ngā tino pātai ā ngā Mātai rapu ngārara.
Are you a cave-dwelling insect with powerful legs, or a large-eared nomad with a very long nose? Perhaps you’re an apex predator with a very lovely name, or a giant bird with three funny toes?
The only way to find out is to take our super fun quiz!
Always a favourite & star attraction to our visitors. You’ve lived a nomadic lifestyle: once living in England, the Auckland Zoo and then throughout the years from gallery to gallery, but there is always a place for you. You’re what we call in the museum our ‘forever friend’.
A gentle giant; you are a wingless bird that once peacefully roamed the Aotearoa landscape. Unusually, you would eat stones to aid in the digestion of tough plants. Before you became extinct 600 years ago you were extremely important in dispersing plant seeds, spreading life around the landscape.
You may come across as scary, fierce and intimidating, and that’s not wrong! Great white sharks, such as you, are apex predators of the open ocean. We need large predators to keep fish populations at bay. You are a gorgeous model great white hanging from the ceiling in the Land Gallery, the real Bridget is swimming out there somewhere in the deep.
You are a mascot of the HMS New Zealand named after that famous dolphin. In fact, there were two of you. The second Pelorous Jack (aka. the second you) achieved the rank of Leading Seadog! Well done! Come and see your collar in the World War I gallery.
People mistake you as a dinosaur, but don’t worry you’re not, you are a flying reptile my friend. Once swarming the skies of the Cretaceous you were amazing at hunting fish and reptiles on land. You even lived in Aotearoa once upon a time!
Come look at a mirror image of yourself in the Origins Gallery.
You like to dwell in dank caves, which isn’t a bad thing! You live your life relatively undisturbed and with like minded people. When bothered, you don’t fight back, you tend to use your super strong legs to leap away, up to three meters in fact!
Which of these activities would you prefer to do right now?
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It was once a widely held belief that dinosaurs never existed in Aotearoa. After all, our Island nation is isolated at the bottom of the world. But self-taught palaeontologist, Joan Wiffen proved that theory wrong, discovering dinosaur bones for the first time in Aotearoa in 1975.
Learn about Joan and test your knowledge on her in the quiz below.
Not to worry! Dig a little deeper and see if you can uncover a perfect score.
A great start! You've certainly dabbled in the odd archaeological dig haven't you?
Great work! You're pretty good, but skills might be a little dusty. Get out the brushes and pickaxe and give it another go.
Outstanding! You're a rockstar paleontologist. Keep it up, and one day we might be making a quiz about you!
Catching moths is a very easy and fun thing to do. I got the idea from a work trip my mum [Auckland Museum Collection Manager (Land Fauna) Ruby Moore] took me to, they had a big sheet and a torch and you could get a container to get anything you wanted. It was like a supermarket full of wonderful moths.
At home it is easy to set up your own light trap. All you need is a clear outside space (decks are perfect for it), a strong torch, a white sheet, and the ability to stay up late. I set up my own moth trapping during lockdown, and when I first laid out the sheet and turned the light on it was only a few minutes before a moth landed on the sheet. We saw Scopula rubraria, and Capua intractana moths as well as lots of other night-time insects. Luckily my mum had lots of containers to put them in for taking photos.
Moths in the city must be very confused because of the artificial lights which they think are moons: “How many moons are there in this city?”
By Bernice Moore, Citizen Scientist
Downloadable activities to do at home
We put out a call for Kiwi kids to submit their burning questions about Auckland Museum. We received queries about everything from dinosaurs to war memorial to natural science. Here are our curators' replies to some of those tough questions.
A collation of volcano videos Auckland Museum has made over the years, including some featured in our Volcanoes gallery.
Did you know that ancestors of whales once had four legs? Or that Anzac soldiers during World War One turned jam tins into bombs? This playlist delivers you fast facts on a wide variety of subjects.
Time Travellers: Kids stories from when the HMB Endeavour arrived in Aotearoa New Zealand in 1769.
Ever wondered what it's like to work at a Museum? Check out some of the amazing activities Auckland Museum staff get up to every day with this playlist!
Get up close, zoom in, spin them round. Animals, skulls, bones and more!