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Make a Bequest

Leave your mark

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. 

Leaving a gift to a specific area can connect your gift with an area of interest close to your heart. Perhaps the Trooper in you wishes memories of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice to live on in our collective memory; perhaps the Guardian in you would like to see investment in the care for collections; perhaps the Humanist in you cares about connecting with communities; or the Bright Spark, Visionary or Futurist in you wants to invest in fulfilling potential.

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

Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira

Which character do you identify with? 

A Trooper  
Support Auckland’s War Memorial

You wish to respect those who paid the ultimate sacrifice and want to ensure Auckland’s War Memorial continues to be the home of collective remembering and respect.

Your bequest will both honour the past of those who made the ultimate sacrifice and inform future generations. 

A Guardian
Support the heritage building and collections

You treasure your heritage, marvel at society, and want above all else to preserve the essence of time and place. 

As our communities become more diversified and people seek to know more about their origins, these collections will grow in cultural significance, and be indebted to your bequest.  

A Humanist
Support engagement with our communities 

Like the Museum, you care about building authentic relationships with communities and sharing knowledge.

Your bequest recognises that expertise is found in many places, within the Museum and across its wider networks and communities in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland.

A Visionary
Support innovation, learning and research

You are a big thinker and a problem solver. To you, there is not only more to discover, but better ways of uncovering it. 

Your gift will inject life into an exciting era of development: Auckland Museum’s work in innovation, learning and research. Your bequest will allow discovery to take on a life of its own.

A Bright Spark
Support the Museum as a leader and collaborator

You are an initiator and an integrator. You believe in working with others, in collaboration and partnership to unite the knowledge and inspiration of many. 

Your bequest will go toward ambitious partnerships such as ‘The Pacific Collection Access Project’, a three-year collaboration with 13 Pacific Island nations to re-examine and re-house 5000 tools, ornaments, musical instruments and carvings.

A Futurist
Support world class digital experiences 

You are a forecaster, with a finger on the tech-pulse. You are excited by what the future holds, and the need to adapt with it. 

The digital Museum is our oyster, and your bequest the enabler. You will help over one million items collected since 1852 to be seen anywhere in the world.

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. 



The Ray Shannon Butterfly Collection

Ray Shannon graduation.

Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira.

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 or you would like a copy of our bequest programme contact the Auckland Museum Foundation, either by emailing or calling +64 21 926 577.

We are happy to answer any questions or to meet with you and/or your advisors to discuss how your gift could benefit the future of the Museum.  A bequest can be made with gifts of cash or real estate. Please be assured that all discussions are strictly confidential and all documentation is kept secure. 

To download a copy of the bequest intention form and codicil form click on the buttons below. 

Bequest Form.pdf

Codicil Form.pdf

The Auckland Museum Foundation is a registered charitable trust, registration number CC21147.

Please note that The Auckland Museum Foundation 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.