Auckland Museum

Auckland Museum, Auckland Central

Auckland Museum
4.5
Military Museums • Speciality Museums • History Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Discover and experience Maori culture, with daily cultural shows and an internationally significant Maori and Pacific collection to explore, the Auckland Museum is a must see attraction. Housed in an Iconic building within the grounds of a tranquil park, the Auckland Museum is a place to discover and learn about New Zealand's culture and its natural history. Since 1929, the Museum has served as place of remembrance for the many Aucklanders who have sacrificed their lives in war.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Admission tickets
from NZ$28.00
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Neighbourhood: Parnell
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4.5
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Go20053292197
2 contributions
Good providing you don’t have to pay to get in
Apr 2021 • Family
This is a great place to visit for families especially younger children. The staff have excelled in providing things like the earthquake room, the children’s room and the war exhibits and library. The pre historic section is ok but could be done better and with more exhibits.
The problem with history in New Zealand is there isn’t any so in order to attract people in, there has to be a slightly different focus. Hence the museum chooses to bring in a Leggo exhibition and sales promotion. Brilliant for the kids but really, in a museum?
Some of the high tech visual exhibits are excellent.
I find the Maori section somewhat disappointing and feel this fairly large space could be put to better use.
Admission is free for us otherwise we wouldn’t go. Sadly the main library seems to be closed much of the time, don’t know why.
Written 2 May 2021
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Jess O
Kia ora, thank you for submitting your feedback about your recent visit to Auckland War Memorial Museum. We appreciate you taking the time to share your observations and feedback. Our Research Library is open by appointment between Tuesday - Thursday, 10am - 3pm. You can make an appointment by emailing info@aucklandmuseum.com. We've just opened a new suite of galleries Tāmaki Herenga Waka Stories of Auckland and have more new exciting projects in the works, so we hope to welcome you back to Tāmaki Paenga Hira in the near future.
Written 5 May 2021
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Milzie
Dunedin, New Zealand768 contributions
Fantastic Museum
Apr 2021 • Couples
Spent over two hours checking out every section. The war memorial section is my favourite and a great way not to forget the sacrifices made by our relatives. Will be back next trip.
Written 15 April 2021
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Jess O
Kia ora Steve, thanks for taking the time to share this feedback - we're glad you enjoyed your visit. We hope you also had time to see our new Stories of Auckland galleries? If not definitely one to see when you're next back. Thanks
Written 18 April 2021
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Steph
Blenheim, New Zealand27 contributions
Went to see the LEGO exhibit and Dinosaurs
Feb 2021 • Family
Kids loved it! I haven’t been to the museum since I was a kid, great success! They’ve done excellent additions to the building.
Written 27 February 2021
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Jess O
Kia ora, we're so happy to hear your kids enjoyed their time in some of our new spaces. Thanks for taking the time to share this feedback.
Written 12 April 2021
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Dianne C
Waikanae, New Zealand409 contributions
Volcano experience
Feb 2021 • Couples
I had been to this museum years ago, and frankly some of the exhibits seem not to have changed much. But there was a new one which I enjoyed. It envisages that one of Auckland’s many volcanoes - one in the harbour - erupts. You are sitting in your home with a harbour view, as it happens. It’s a bit like the earthquake experience at Te Papa in Wellington. Noise and shaking. Later we visited the Sky Tower, and you can clearly see all the volcanic cones the city is built around. Nice new atrium area with coffee shop, restaurant and souvenir shop. Paid parking underneath, and free parking in the grounds, if there’s any spaces left. Great view over the harbour from the front steps.
Written 26 February 2021
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Jess O
Kia ora Dianne, thanks for taking the time to share your feedback. We're glad you enjoyed our Volcanoes gallery. We've also just opened a brand new gallery suite called Tāmaki Herenga Waka: Stories of Auckland - we hope you'll visit us again soon to check it out.
Written 12 April 2021
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karen+chad
Auckland, New Zealand6 contributions
average
Jan 2021 • Business
came for lego exhibition, if legoland in calfornia was on fire and infested with hordes of the undead it would still be a more worthwhile experience. too expensive. 5stars
Written 11 February 2021
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Jess O
Kia ora Karen, sorry to hear you felt that way about our special exhibition. We'll pass your feedback on.
Written 22 February 2021
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Jill
4 contributions
Always a treat!
Feb 2021
Beautiful museum in the heart of a lovely park. Explore the museum and then visit the historic glass houses. The upper floor of the museum is dedicated to the world wars and there is plenty to look at with interactive parts for children. It's a moving tribute to the brave soldiers who fought.
Written 5 February 2021
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Jess O
Kia ora Jack, thanks for sharing this wonderful feedback with us!
Written 22 February 2021
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Hopeey
New Zealand33 contributions
It's a great place to take kids .
Jan 2021 • Friends
Especially babysitting and on a budget this is a great place for taking kids lots to do and for them to have fun while.learning .
If you are new to the country if u ever experience it must to place to visit. Get to learn about new zealand and Maori.culture here.
Written 4 February 2021
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Jess O
Thanks for taking the time to share your feedback! We're glad you enjoy your visits to the Museum.
Written 4 February 2021
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Rae
Auckland, New Zealand4 contributions
Great stuff
Jan 2021
We mainly came for the Lego exhibit, which was great, and had a wee look at the rest while we were there.... I have been taking the kids to the museum for years (now 16 and 12) and I’m still sad you removed the “street front” exhibit. Is still a great day out, my only comment is the prices and range of food - needs to cater for families more.... Still worth the trip though 😊
Written 30 January 2021
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Jess O
Kia ora, thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts. We're excited to bring a new gallery to the Museum in March which is called Tāmaki Herenga Waka: Stories of Auckland. It showcases a range of stories of people and place from past, present and future Auckland. We hope you'll come back to explore it!
Written 4 February 2021
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WBTK
Christchurch, New Zealand5 contributions
Disappointed
Oct 2020 • Couples
Not as much on display as in the past. We found it disappointing because of this. Helpful staff around the building
Written 29 January 2021
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Jess O
Kia ora, thanks for your feedback and sorry to hear you weren't happy with your visit. This March we're opening a new gallery called Tāmaki Herenga Waka: Stories of Auckland, followed by a new family gallery called Imaginarium. We hope to see you again when these are open, with plenty new stories, interactives and collection items to see.
Written 4 February 2021
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roscoe39
new zealand132 contributions
Behind the scenes
Jan 2021
Today I was lucky enough to get a ticket for the "behind the scenes tour". Other days I had looked at doing it had been booked out so quickly booked it before the availability closed.

Great guide (Murray) and one of the Security officers took our group of 9 down into the basement and around the storage and conservation areas. Murray had some great stories and seemed well versed in his job and the varied and sometimes "odd" questions that we threw at him.

Fascinating look at what goes on behind the scenes and particualry the way the artifacts are stored and cared for. There was a conservator working in one of the areas we visited - this is a living working museum rather than another exhibit like those upstairs.

It was sad to hear that the Museum is only able to show 5% of its collection and a reason to continue to support our museum in the hope that it can eventually expand to show more.

Can thoroughly recommend the small outlay of $30, an hour of time well spent and if you are an Auckland resident you can have free entry to the rest of the museum.

Can also recommend the Volcano exhibition on the top floor especially the house that experiences the volcanic eruption in the harbour.
Written 5 January 2021
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Jess O
Kia ora, we're so glad you enjoyed the Secret Museum Tour! We'll make sure your positive feedback is passed back to the team and Murray. Thanks for taking the time to share this.
Written 7 January 2021
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