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The Pacific Black Duck (Anas superciliosa). LB3953. CC-BY.

Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira

"No one can help but be struck with awe, as they drive up to Auckland War Memorial Museum at the sight of this magnificent building. For me, not just the first time, but every time, and from whichever road or path I take.

Beyond the striking prominence of this huge and memorable building, there is a voluminous number of stories inside those imposing walls. They are our stories, for all New Zealanders. Stories that tell us our history in finer detail than most of us would ever need to know. Stories that show who we are, to visitors to our shores. Stories conveyed in exhibits. Stories told by myriad experts and by volunteers willing to answer every question.

Hesitate for a moment and ask “How ever did they create this generous, ever-enriching museum in the 1920’s?”.

A simple answer. To acknowledge those who fought, and to honour those who died, in World War One. Aucklanders of that era willingly gave what would amount to $50 per person in today’s money, to make this museum a reality.

When we visit the Museum, when we appreciate it, that serves as our thanks to those founders.

It’s for you, and all of us, to sustain and continue the giving principle which built Auckland’s greatest jewel, The War Memorial Museum."

Sir Don McKinnon


Making a Donation

Thank you for considering donating to the Auckland War Memorial Museum. The most useful donation is an unrestricted one for the general purposes of the Museum. This permits your donation to be used wherever it is most needed. Or, you may wish to donate towards an area of interest at Auckland Museum closest to your heart:

• Auckland's War Memorial
• heritage building and collections
• community engagement
• innovation, learning and research
• world class digital museum experiences
• 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.

"The 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


Donate Online

Please make your donation using our secure payment facility


Make a Donation using Internet Banking

Here are the details you need if you’d like to set up a direct debit or make a one-off donation using internet banking.

 Bank: ASB Bank
 Account name: The Auckland Museum Foundation
 Branch: Downtown Auckland Branch
 Account number: 12-3057-0774190-00

To help us identify your donation, please include your name and the word ‘donation’ in the reference fields.

Donating from Overseas?

You can send your donation from overseas by contacting your bank and giving them our SWIFT bank identifier code.
Account number: 12-3057-0774190-00
Address: ASB Bank, Downtown Branch, Auckland, New Zealand

Donate by Cheque

If you’re making a donation by cheque, please make it payable to The Auckland Museum Foundation and post it to:

The Auckland Museum Foundation
Private Bag 92018
Victoria Street West
Auckland Central
Auckland 1142

Donate in Memory

A gift to Auckland War Memorial Museum is a thoughtful and meaningful way to honour someone special in your life while supporting the Museum’s vital work. If you would like to make a gift in memory of a loved one, please email or phone +64 21 926 577.

Support Your Museum with a Regular Donation

Contact the Auckland Museum Foundation to discuss how you can support the work of the Museum by making a regular donation.

Leave a Gift in Your Will

Remembering the Auckland War Memorial Museum, by leaving a gift in your Will, is a generous way to contribute to the future of the Museum. Contact the Auckland Museum Foundation to discuss making a bequest.

Donate to the Museum's Collection

Please note that gifts for the Museum’s collections, including art work, are subject to review and approval by the Collection Development Committee of Auckland War Memorial Museum. Learn more about donating to the museum's collection here.

 “I am a supporter of the Auckland War Memorial Museum because it is our heritage to our kids and grandkids. Akin to the Acropolis in Athens, and to Stonehenge in Wiltshire, the Auckland War Memorial Museum is iconic to Auckland. It is our Museum.”

Thea Gilich

We would love to hear from you

For more information contact the Auckland Museum Foundation either by emailing or phoning +64 21 926 577. 

The Auckland Museum Foundation is a registered charitable trust, registration number CC21147 and GST number 76-776-210.

Please note that unconditional donations over $5 are likely to qualify for tax deduction. We encourage you to read the following information from IRD and ask for tax advice:

The Auckland Museum Foundation does not provide any legal or tax advice. We advise you contact your legal or tax professional if you have any questions.