Tumu Whakarae Chief Executive of Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum Dr David Gaimster celebrates the achievements of a wide range of museum staff working across many different kaupapa. Here, he shines a light on just some of our current projects.

March 2021

 

Stories of Auckland
NEW GALLERIES

Tāmaki Herenga Waka

Stories of Auckland

March marked the opening of our new suite of galleries dedicated to the living history of Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. Endeavouring to represent a city of the scale and richness of Auckland was a monumental task, and this suite of permanent galleries chronicles Auckland's past, captures its present, and looks to the future of this city.

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Olaf Petersen Collection
WORLD-RENOWNED COLLECTIONS

UNESCO Memory of the World

Olaf Petersen Collection

Auckland Museum’s collection of tens of thousands of photographs by Kiwi photographer and photojournalist, Olaf Petersen, is one of five new additions to the UNESCO Memory of the World Register. This year the Museum's Pictorial Curator, Shaun Higgins, will publish a book with Auckland University Press that profiles Olaf’s career as Aotearoa New Zealand's pre-eminent 20th-century nature photographer. This will accompany the first major exhibition of this significant body of work, from the Documentary Heritage collection, in our Sainsbury Horrocks gallery in late 2021.

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February 2021

 

Director's Choice
E-BOOK

Director's Choice

In February we launched a digital version of Director's Choice, which explores Auckland Museum's extraordinary collection, each item with its own compelling backstory. The original 2019 publication formed part of Scala's international Director's Choice series, and the new photography produced for that volume has now been joined by interactive elements to allow viewers to dive even deeper into the exquisite detail of some of my favourite collection objects.

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December 2020

 

Te Ao Mārama
A NEW ERA

Our new South Atrium

Te Ao Mārama

December was a momentous month, marking the opening of our new South Atrium precinct. What you will experience in this space is the result of our deliberate intention to connect the past, present and future of this much-loved cultural destination. 

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