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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  • A fabulous place to visit and a must see whilst you are in Auckland. This is one of the stops on the Hop on/Hop off bus tour. The architecture of the building is impressive, we behaved like tourists and took lots of pics outside before we entered the museum. The museum exhibits are interesting and varied from all era's of history. I believe there are also libraries and resources available if you are wanting any additional knowledge. The staff are also extremely helpful, providing warm and friendly customer service. They were lovely to the children we had travelling in our group who were full of questions about Maori history and culture. A great experience.
  • We attended the 11am ANZAC Day service here. It was so wonderful and poignant. A little bit different to the Australian ceremonies we've attended. The conch shell was blown and the women sang a song (I think to welcome home the warriors?). The service was in Maori and English. We would recommend you attend a service here if you get a chance.
  • Best museum experience I've had in a long time. Spent 4 hours here. Outside view, to exhibits are all well -done with a great focus on Polynesian and Maori cultures. Show is great - not sure if value was there for money paid but still glad I saw it.
  • This is one of Auckland's best assets. The exhibits are well presented and there is something to interest all age groups. A great day out for the family whatever time of the year. Regular extra exhibitions too. Excellent Cafe
  • Its been a few years since my last visit. I skipped the main halls, because nothing seems to have changed. The war exhibitions on the top floor were good but seemed aimed at Kids with gimmicky interactive displays. It was good to see that patrolling staff did quieten down a couple of noisy kids. A lot of effort has gone in to many of the displays, but some of spaces they are displayed in are too small.
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