Auckland Museum, Auckland Central

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Learn about New Zealand's rich history at Auckland Museum, serving as both a major cultural institution and a war memorial. Designed in the 1920s as a commanding neoclassical temple, this structure features an impressive copper dome, added in 2007. The ground floor, dedicated to the Auckland area's natural and military history, houses impressive displays of Maori artifacts, including a war canoe and a carved meeting house (which you can enter only after removing your shoes). The upper levels feature more military exhibits and a display about the region's volcanic fields, including a fascinating simulation of an eruption. For the sake of convenience, take a guided highlights tour, included in your admission ticket. Plan a Auckland Central trip in moments using our itinerary builder.
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  • Went to a conference dinner at the museum and it was a stunning building. I’d love to see the location in the daylight.  more »
  • Awesome building, great displays, lots of walking to tire the little ones out & lots of fun for them, nice cafe for lunch or snacks. great day out for the whole family.  more »
  • A great museum to begin our trip in NZ. Loads of information about the origin of New Zealand and history of this young country. Exhibits including Maori/Pacific Islands culture, nature history explain...  more »
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  • Just signed up with My Museum Card which will allow free entry to the museum going forward. If you are Auckland residence then take your utility bill or rates invoice and drivers License to prove your eligibility for this card. I usually visit 5-6 times a year and it's a great place to see and learn historical info and modern development. The new Butterfly exhibition is on at Level 2. The Air New Zealand historical show was one of my favourite. Parking fee for covered car park is reasonable.
  • Fantastic place for Maori culture and history. The volcano exhibit was also great, complete with eruption simulation that made me cringe. Not too overwhelming in terms of size. The location is great with views of the city. A terrific rainy day activity, well worth the trip. Free for Auckland residents!
  • Been here many times. Usually good customer service. Very easy to get in even if you're international. Great exhibits. I think my favourite is definitely the volcano exhibit. lots of information, very interactive with the rocks and awesome volcano simulation room! Also, it's in the most beautiful spot in Auckland.
  • Museum is free for all Auckland residents and has various shows to offer, depending on the month of the year. There is an educational section for children where they can draw and get to know the insects and other species. The dinosaurs part of museum is interesting, followed by volcanoes exhibition and Egyptian mummy
  • Very informative museum. First, thank you to the staff at the museum. They were friendly and helpful. Second, parents bring your kids. It is very informative and is growing, with more exhibits planned for the near future. Easy to navigate with occasional benches and chairs for you to take a break. It is a large museum with multiple levels. You may not need the break but it is a nice option for those of us who do. At the time I was there, a special butterfly exhibit had recently opened. Another Great exhibit to bring the kids. The museum also includes a library, a cafe, and a coffee bar. All great assets to the building.
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