Auckland Museum, Auckland

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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 trip in moments using our itinerary builder.
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  • While museums are not my main attraction I must confess that this caught my attention. In addition to military artifacts, this Museum offers a look at the natural history of New Zealand, maori culture and their handcrafted works. Built as a memorial to soldiers who died in the first and second world war houses several permanent exhibitions, as well as temporary exhibitions. The theme is not only military and lets you explore the Māori culture in galleries showing ornaments carved, a war canoe, fabrics, layers of feathers and weapons for hunting and other many elements. The exhibition of Natural History shows some of the wild animals in New Zealand, insects, living marine, birds, amphibians and reptiles which show the biodiversity of this island nation. The exhibition of applied and decorative arts exhibits a diverse range of objects including costumes, musical instruments, clocks, objects of ceramic, glass and metal from New Zealand and elsewhere. It has a space dedicated to children very educational and creative. Without a doubt it is worth visiting it.
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  • You can spend the day here. The exhibits are facinating. If you go, be sure to attend the Maori performance. You can get there via the hop-on hop off. This is a great visit, for history buffs!  more »
  • I have been before, but it has been done up, and I could not find out where to go, or how to get there. It is on several levels. Ask for directions at the desk. You could spend a long time here depend...  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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