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. Add Auckland Museum to your Auckland travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Auckland itinerary builder.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Auckland Museum may not own a significant collection of artifacts compared to museums in other major cities around the world, but they are always providing fresh and interesting experiences. A great p...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    We walked from our hotel-quite the hike, but got to pass the university and lovely grounds studded with sculptures and loads of benches at strategic points! This museum has something for every one, fr...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    For all families this incredible place of such beauty, wonder, knowledge, and history is a must see for all ages. Put aside a least 3 hours for 3 floors at a minimum. Took 4 hours with a 10,5 and 2 1/...  more »
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  • A very detailed museum with so many artifacts to see. The building itself is also very nice and provides great views over the city. Maori section is large and very well done and the rest of the museum covers a wide range of history with some well presented exhibits. Price for non locals was around $25
  • Great museum with exhibits that convey a good sense of New Zealand's history. A big place that would require a full day if you want to give the exhibits serious attention. You can also get a great view of the city from the museum.
  • totally enjoyed our visit to the museum. would recommend to everyone. lovely friendly staff....beautiful clean museum with so much to see and learn.
  • The kids enjoy so much with the music exhibition, they can experience to be a DJ. The kid zone also fun, 3D drawing quite a new stuff to play with. They also have dinosaur, aeroplane, and other stuff. Free for NZ resident. Good food at restaurant for rest. Great for school holiday.
  • A great museum with vast collection and plenty of information. Often have special exhibition held in the foyer. the museum is much bigger than it looks, so plan accordingly. The Maori performance is one of the must see.

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