Auckland Art Gallery
Auckland Art Gallery
4.5
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
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki is New Zealand’s most compelling visual arts experience. Enter between majestic kauri (native tree) columns to explore four floors of exhibitions, seven centuries of art and one of Auckland’s most iconic buildings. Experience world-class touring exhibitions, immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and atmosphere of traditional and contemporary international works and discover the largest permanent collection of New Zealand art right in the heart of Auckland city. The Gallery offers a lively calendar of talks, performances, film screenings and children's activities to complement its exhibition programme. Please visit our website to see what’s on. Join a free Gallery tour in English 11.30am and 1.30pm daily. Open daily 10am-5pm (except Christmas Day) and 10am–9pm on Fridays.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Philip P
    Herentals, Belgium1,420 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and impressive
    We had a guided tour of the central part of the collection, excellently illustrating the blending of the European with the local influences. I discovered a few masterpieces that are not well-known outside NZL. To return and to spend more time there. After the tour we had a dinner, excellent in this environment as well.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 28, 2023
  • Youtube.com/@MiraAndZedsPlayground
    Auckland, New Zealand17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We love the Auckland Art Gallery!!!
    We had an awesome day at the Auckland Art Gallery. Whanau drop-ins and Creative Learning Centre are my kids' favorites. We learned and enjoyed a lot on our visit at the gallery. If you're hesitant to bring your kids to an art gallery, our family highly recommends for you to do so. Learn some tips and fun facts about this must-visit attraction for kids and families in Auckland. Find out why bringing kids to an art gallery is a great idea and how to make the most of your visit with these helpful tips. Let's make learning about art fun and engaging for the little ones! Check out our FB page and YT channel for a video that you can watch with the your kiddos...
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written February 3, 2024
  • ellen5181
    New York City, New York214 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good for the price but I wouldn’t go out of my way.
    Its free so you need to factor it in. If I had paid I might have felt differently. It was interesting but nit memorable. I skipped the special exhibit but what I did see of the designer was beautiful. That might be worth it. Also if you time your visit there are free tours which might be interesting. Some of the commentary about the pieces, particularly LGBTQ was interesting.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written February 7, 2024
  • AndyAquila
    Lyme Regis, United Kingdom656 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth visiting for all art fans
    This is a very extensive gallery with plenty to suit most tastes. It is well signposted and laid out so that it didn't feel too crowded or busy. The 3D exhibit in the main concourse didn't work for us, despite several attempts. The café on site is good and was quick to provide snacks and drinks.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 28, 2024
  • tammyBaltimore_Md
    Baltimore, Maryland3,824 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Modern to the old works of art
    Free to enter accept currently to view work of art gowns by designer Guo Pei that's a charge of $24.50 NZ. Several floors starting on floor 2 the modern art displays, working you're way down to works of art from Picasso, Monet, VanGough & 5 gowns on display as a sample from designer Guo Pei, gold one very beautiful & impressive. Make sure you go to Albert Park up the hill behind Gallery. Highly recommend & isn't huge so can easily get through within an hour. Easy walk from Queen Street & cruise port, also a stop along the hop on/hop off bus route.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written April 5, 2024
  • Patti J
    Portland, Oregon118 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Surprising collection and it’s free
    This wonderful art museum is incredibly free. This was my introduction to New Zealand and I found the collection compelling and informative. The galleries were not busy. We also stopped for coffee in the cafe. The balcony view was sweet too. If you are interested in Māori portraits as well as some keen pieces of European art, this is a great place to start.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 8, 2024
  • mary s
    Chicago, Illinois201 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful collection
    Very nice variety of some masterpiece art thanks to wealthy donors. The price was right since it was free entry. Signage directing visitors around the museum could be much better.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 24, 2024
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Jessie Lou
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
The gallery is ridiculously overpriced for what you see. International visitors are charged $20NZ to enter the gallery, whereas residents of the country go in free. I saw this in the museum up near the Winter Gardens too. Why is it that places like the National Gallery in London or Natural History Museum in London would be free entry to those from any country, but a simple gallery in Auckland would charge $20 for entry!? I am visiting Auckland Zoo for a total of $19NZ tomorrow... please explain how you think you can charge more than admission to a zoo!?... Very rich of those in charge to go down this path. It is not a gallery I will be recommending to any INTERNATIONAL friends.
Written January 13, 2020
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Oystein F
Gardonne, France318 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
As a former museum professional I have visited many art museums around the world. After a trip to New Zealand I must admit that Auckland Art Gallery ranks amongst the top dozen. The architecture is outstanding and once inside you can immense yourself into not only fascinating Maori art but most aspects of world art. A stiff price for foreign visitors should not scare you, it is worth it! And the fact that local people are encouraged to learn more about their own culture should be taken as a plus, not as discrimination. I spent a couple of days in Auckland, saw several museums but this was the one I went back to several times.
Written January 3, 2020
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Stewarts Vacation
1,543 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We have become members of this Art Gallery and visit regularly as the exhibits are interesting and change every few months. The building itself is amazing - a wonderful combination of the historic original building and modern architecture - and blends seamlessly into the environment. The hands on, interactive area (for kids?) is an intriguing spot for adults too. On our most recent visit there were colourful magnetic geometric shapes for creating patterns on the walls. There is a lovely cafe providing a variety of drinks and edibles. A visit to this Art Gallery is highly recommended.
Written February 8, 2020
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Rosie
Exeter, UK204 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
My husband and I have grown a love for galleries since we left the UK to travel 10 months ago.
Unfortunately, this one didn't live up to our expectations. It all just seemed a little dull..
Some of the exhibitions are great, others are ok. I guess it depends what you like.
For the pricey entrance fee, I felt let down by the confusing signage and weird lay out of the place. It was hard work.
Written February 13, 2020
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Pedro
Auckland, New Zealand100 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
The while family had a great time yesterday, we explored different areas depending on age & interests and there was plenty for everyone.
The Denmark Design exhibition was a highlight and the kids had a great time creating colourful shapes and collages in the Todd Creative Learning Centre. There is now a $20 entry for international visitors but that is still cheap compared to many galleries of the same quality.
Written January 16, 2020
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Ken D
17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I visited the Museum looking for a place near the hotel after a 15 hour flight from Houston. I enjoyed looking at the contemporary art as well as portraits of the Maori chiefs (exceptional). Had lunch at the cafe outdoors where I could relax and watch people (with a glass of NZ white wine). Good way to get my visit started and unwind from a long plane flight.
Written January 26, 2020
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Michael K
London, UK544 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
The original building, dating from 1887, was expensively revamped in 2013, and has received architectural awards. It fits well into the neighbouring park, and respects Māori spiritual and cultural sensibilities. One of the highlights is the collection of works by Gottfried Lindauer, the first rooms you see. As the Māori population was declining, he was concerned that images and memories of them would be forgotten, so he set about, in the late 19th century, creating a documentary record of them. The paintings show many Māori leaders, men and women, and are accompanied by helpful historical notes. The rest of the collection is rotated regularly, and as well as works by NZ artists, also contains some big names, such as Joshua Reynolds and Pablo Picasso. There are also a number of statues and carvings. Unusually, one room is devoted to work featuring the naked male body. There are helpful “right on” interpretive pieces by each work. The top floor modern art exhibitions will not be to everyone’s taste. Admission to the gallery is free. You can pay to see one of their special exhibitions – currently Frida Kahlo. This was a great first stop for us in a visit to NZ. Not a huge gallery, so it doesn't take all day to visit.
Convenient lunch in gallery restaurant.
Written November 26, 2022
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TeamIan
Tauranga, New Zealand1,415 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
This gallery has a strange mix of modern and classical art - mostly painting, or multimedia (as opposed to sculpture), that left me feeling uninspired. The modern art seemed to be of a very poor quality - almost as if it were a joke on the artists' part. On the classical side of things they had an interesting display based around the theme of love, longing, and loss. There was also a feature on Colin McCahon, which was probably the better part of what the gallery had to offer.
Written July 2, 2020
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AllanJGJ
Wellington, New Zealand4,194 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Excellent variety of exhibitions at the moment. Frieda Kahlo might be a little expensive for some, but the Robin White is free and is excllent. We'd seen this previously in Wellington and it's brilliant, both the 'kiwiana' pieces and the works related to her stay in the South Pacific. Also fascinating is the collection of portraits where the captions are almost reverse-engineered to suggest they are hom-erotic or that the artists were gay (some were by their own writings). Fascinating. And as always you can admire some excellent exhibition spaces. Always a good stop if you're plaing tourist in Auckland.
Written December 10, 2022
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Isabel Bloomfield
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Solo
Paper vaccine pass wouldn't scan so treated like a criminal by staff who nearly didn't let me in. Then treated like a five year old when told to 'line up like you're in school'. Confusing layout of the exhibition and staff had no clue about anything and were generally unhelpful. Shambolic visitor experience and no Mary Quant souvenirs in the gift shop.
Written March 12, 2022
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