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Auckland Museum, Auckland
Categories: Military Museums, History Museums, Museums
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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What a great place to go with the kids. FREE to residents. There's a changing exhibit on the main floor which was very hands on. It sits in a beautiful park area and there is plenty of space to take a... read more »
We went on a rainy Saturday, so it was crowded. The museum is physically large, so it could definitely accommodate large crowds. There are quite a lot of exhibits, which range from Natural history, cu... read more »
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Went on a rainy afternoon, well worth a trip. LOTS to see, ended up spending about 3 hours there and a tasty little cafe as well. Nice walk up through Auckland domain from downtown Auckland despite th... read more »
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.
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.
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.
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.
Che Van Lawrence
I love this place. My son and I visit very often and it's one of his favourite places too BUT I have been spoiled by contact with bigger and better planned museums and objectively speaking, it is very limited. Although charming and unique in it's collection of Kiwiana and Pacific artifacts, having a whole floor dedicated to the Second World War I find to be lazy and disappointing. This dedication is especially strange when contrasted with the tiny little broom closet set aside for memories of the Shoah.
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