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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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Auckland Museum Reviews
This was our first attraction and a great place to learn about the history and culture of the area. We took a cab here. Great exhibits of Maori culture. We learned a lot about how they depended on nat... more »
It’s an easy and pleasant walk from the Cordis Hotel to the museum. While the admission fee seemed steep, it was well worthwhile. The exhibit on the Maori was a great overview for one not overly famil... more »
This museum is a stop on the Auckland Hop On Hop Off tour and is located on Top of a hill with excellent views. The museum is pretty big with three of four levels. There is a cultural show on Maoris a... more »
I love museums. Auckland War Memorial Museum is one of the best out there. Definitely worth the visit. It is free for residents. So better bring your proof of address if you have a strong feeling that you will get asked for it. Plenty of history stored in this museum. Even the hill where it is constructed has meaning. So it is pretty awesome. Been there a couple of times. If I am not mistaken, they have events too every week or every month. That is another to look out for. Awesome awesome awesome.
Great place full of history, culture and fun for the kids as well as educational! They have a great food lounge for big and small groups, toilets are clean and accessible! Easy access for wheelchairs and pushchairs! Cafe in the atrium also! Can start bus tours from here just outside and the views of the harbour are stunning!
The museum is an insight into NZ history, and very approachable. I'm not a fan of some of the changes, such as the removal of Centennial Street. However, it is still a great place to spend the day. Cafe in the museum and in the surrounding Domain. Beautiful grounds and gardens that Auckland can be proud of
Only had time for a quick visit. The Spitfire and Zero were very cool. The butterfly exhibit was a favourite of my kids. Would like to go back and spend more time going through more thoroughly.
Nice museum in Auckland... It has three floors of exhibitions and artifacts. They have a huge space devoted to volcanoes, which is really well done. The stuff on Māori history/culture is great too. I'd recommend that you plan to spend 2-3 hours here.
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