Auckland Museum, Auckland
(4.4/5 based on 4,000+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Don't miss out on this excellent and somewhat quirky museum. It would be easy to spend hours here. It would also engage children. 
  • A visit here is about entering into the local cultures. The Maori culture, rich in history, art and war is the prime focus. We spent five hours...plus a lunch and the cafe...and were totally engaged. ...  more »
  • Terrific museum with something to please everyone. It's location is fantastic with sweeping views over the Harbour and trip to the duck pond and Winter Garden's if you have time is recommended also. 
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  • At Auckland's Museum you can explore Maori and Pacific Island history. It has the largest collection of artifacts in the world for this region and great for your Kiwi history lesson. See the best the Museum has on offer, along with some insider knowledge with a guided tour. It's not huge but well worth a half day. My son loves it and we have been at least 7 times this year already.
  • What a great museum. The whole family had a fabulous time. My youngest tore around the kid zone while my oldest and I spent an hour on a well thought out and informative tour that left me much better informed about the geography of New Zealand, the animals that do and did love here, and of course, the Maori people. It's big enough to keep you busy for a day, but not so huge as to leave one hurrying around to try and finish it all.
  • This is such a great Museum, spent so many happy hours exploring here. So many beautiful , well maintained displays and well organised information. Definitely worth making multiple visits to enjoy the whole experience.
  • Love this place. It has everything you want for a visit to a museum. Excellent collection of Maori and Polynesian history, mixed with a tribute to New Zealands military. Throw in volcanoes, stuffed animals and an amazing building, and you have a must visit destination. In addition, if you have ankle bitters running around, there's great activities for them as well.
  • Very large. Lots too see. A good 3 hours to go around everywhere. Unfortunately it is flooded with children who run around the place and scream in your ear, really took away from it all. Museum repeated itself a bit too.