A Gift in your Will


Auckland Museum is Auckland’s place of gathering, welcome and orientation, where we share knowledge of our taonga (treasures) and explore the many stories of Tāmaki.

As kaitiaki (guardians), we are responsible for more than 4.5 million treasures within our walls, and as Auckland’s war memorial, we are a place for people to reflect and remember.

Thanks to the support of people like you, so much has been achieved over the years.

A gift in your Will to the Auckland Museum will help to ensure the Museum’s vision is realised: He oranga tangata Ka Ao – Enriching Lives, Inspiring Discoveries.

Your legacy will:

  • Enhance innovation
  • Revitalise engagement, learning and research
  • Support the collections
  • Maintain the iconic heritage building
  • Cement the Museum’s position as a world-class experience.


If you have any questions or need further information, please contact:
Anne Wright, Planned Giving Executive
Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum
Phone +64 21 325 794 or +64 9 309 0443 ext 7289

Auckland Museum is our nation’s biggest treasure house. Every donation, no matter what size, is a contribution of extraordinary value to the generations that follow us. The memories in the taonga and the War Memorial flow back and forth. We learn and lest we forget.

Lyndy Sainsbury, Museum Patron
Auckland Museum’s commitment to you

Auckland Museum’s commitment to you

  • We promise to use your legacy for the purpose for which it is given.
  • Information about your gift will be handled with respect and confidentiality unless otherwise stated by you.
  • We will keep you informed of our vision and will provide access to our financial statements.
  • We will keep you updated on the collections and exhibitions, many of which have been made possible by legacies received in the past from people just like you.
  • We promise to use your legacy wisely so that it has the greatest impact on the lives of future generations.
Your Will, your wishes

Your Will, your wishes

Your Will is a unique and clear record of the way in which you want your possessions, property and money (your estate) to be distributed when you die.

A signed and correctly-worded Will brings peace of mind as you know that you have remembered your loved ones, as well as the charities you choose to support.

As a Will is a legal document, we recommend that you consult your legal advisor to ensure your wishes are clearly and correctly recorded.

Should you wish to leave an unrestricted gift, there are a variety of options available to you, as follows:

  • Residuary – the remainder of your estate after your other beneficiaries have been settled
  • Percentage – of the value of your estate
  • Pecuniary – a specific sum of money
  • Specified – a particular item such as property or objects.

Do small gifts make a difference?
They absolutely do! 

Suggested wording for<br>your Will

Suggested wording for
your Will

“I give to the Auckland Museum Trust Board, the Domain, Auckland, the sum of $………. (or percentage of my estate, or the remainder of my estate, or a description of assets or property) for its general purposes, for which the receipt of the Director or other proper officer shall be full and sufficient discharge for my trustees.”

Charities Commission Number CC11225

Should you wish your legacy to benefit a specific purpose or wish to gift a particular object to the Museum, we encourage you to share this with Anne Wright (see contact details below) or the relevant curator first. This will ensure that we will be able to adhere to your wishes so that they align with the Museum’s Collections policy.

If you have any questions or need further information, please contact:
Anne Wright
Planned Giving Executive
Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum
Phone +64 21 325 794 or +64 9 309 0443 ext 7289

The Ray Shannon Butterfly Collection

The Ray Shannon Butterfly Collection

Today we invite you to follow 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 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.