Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Auckland

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See the country's most extensive collection of national and international art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Auckland's major public art gallery. The venue hosts international traveling exhibits as well as displaying parts of its extensive collections, including pieces by New Zealand's historical, modern, and contemporary artists, as well as works by Māori and Pacific Island artists. The onsite E.H. McCormick Research Library has over 3,500 files on New Zealand artists and is open to the public. Inquire about programming for children, talks, and special tours. To visit Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki on your holiday in Auckland, and find out what else Auckland has to offer, use our Auckland trip itinerary builder.
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  • Heaps of contemporary artworks and classical waorks from a range of artist. Great place to visit for some creative thinking. Great for family visits.  more »
  • I asked some art-related things to curators. They were so friendly and professional. I could obtain useful academic knowledge about works displayed here.  more »
  • This gallery focuses mainly on modern art, but also has many older pieces by prominent artists. While I'm not a big fan of modern art, I appreciated how thorough the gallery was in describing the hist...  more »
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  • I really enjoyed this art museum. Particularly the special exhibit, Body Laid Bare, from the Tate Museum but also the odd little hallways and side rooms with interesting small exhibits. And, there is a great cafe. The museum is free though the special exhibit cost $23. The museum was rehanging their contemporary collection so I can't speak on those. The two large rooms of grand masters are hung in the style where the paintings are hung 3 or 4 high so you can't see anything very closely. There was a Pieter Brueghel the Younger piece which can't be appreciated in those conditions. However, the special exhibit was excellent, and well curated, well worth the exhibition fee. There was an interesting hallway of old prints that explained the business of the print market when it first started. And another hall of video, one series I"m still chuckling about, showing maybe 15 screens of the artist holding his mother in his arms as long as he can over the last 15 or 20 years. There was a nice children's area with some thoughtful projects. I spent a couple hours at the museum, and then had an excellent coffee, soup, and almond croissant at cafe which overlooks the city.
  • The building itself is striking, staff are helpful, there is a good permanent collection and interesting visiting exhibitions. There are usually things for children to do, especially in the holidays. It's free! Nice café, nice setting (on the edge of a park and close to good shopping streets). The shop has lots of beautiful things.
  • Let's start it's a free museum. It is an old and new modern building in one. There are nice exhibitions and there is a play corner for children. Worth a visit.
  • It was cool and I like the way it looks and the nude paintings were also very good but the descriptions by the staff were pretty dumb.
  • Architecturally beautiful. An assortment of modern, historic, and cultural art. There are free tours usually at noon. Some interactive displays. Outdoor sculptures lead to a lovely park above the museum, with massive trees that are art in themselves

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