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Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum is closed to the public for four weeks in step with our county’s efforts to limit the transmission of the COVID-19 Coronavirus. Find out more

Make a Bequest

Leaving a gift to the Auckland War Memorial Museum in your will is a wonderful way to show your support. Your gift to the Museum can be made generally or to a specific area of interest: 

•    Auckland’s War Memorial 
•    heritage building and collections
•    community engagement
•    innovation, learning and research
•    world class digital experience
•    leadership and collaboration.
The Māori dimension (He Korahi Māori) and Pacific dimension (Teu Le Vā) of the Museum are interwoven across all the areas of interest.

A gift made for the general purposes of the Museum will help to see the Museum’s vision realised: “He oranga tangata Ka Ao: Enriching Lives, Inspiring Discoveries”. This legacy will transform the Museum’s accessibility, revitalise engagement, enrich innovation, learning and research, restore the iconic heritage building, support the collections, and cement the Museum’s position as a world class museum experience that all Aucklanders deserve. 

Lemon Squeezer Hat, National Military Reserve, WWII. This hat belonged to Lieutenant Leonard John Armstrong.

Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira


The Ray Shannon Butterfly Collection

Ray Shannon graduation.

Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira.

Today we invite you to follow in in Ray Shannon’s footsteps, and join others by remembering the Auckland Museum as you plan for the future. 

Ray Shannon was a war veteran and collector with a passion for exotic butterflies, having started collecting butterflies while stationed in the Solomon Islands during the Second World War. He built his collection to 13,000 specimens - mostly from Australasia, South East Asia, and South America.

In 2008, he generously donated his entire collection of butterflies and funds to Auckland Museum, to ensure his collection was appropriately classified and stored. The collection is also an invaluable resource for identifying protected species. One particular specimen, is on the CITES list (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species), which controls the importation of butterflies that are in danger of becoming extinct. 

The generosity of Ray Shannon is threefold in that he gifted his beautiful collection for future generations to enjoy, provided funding to ensure the collection is appropriately stored and classified, and enabled a reference source for a worldwide audience.

We would love to hear from you

If you wish to discuss leaving a gift to the Museum please contact Lisa Rudolphe, Head of Development or phone +64 9 306 7054.

Auckland War Memorial Museum is a registered charitable trust, registration number CC11225.

Please note that Auckland War Memorial Museum is a charitable organisation and does not provide any legal or tax advice. Please contact your legal or tax professional if you have any questions.