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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from $20.26
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Acineto
Auckland Central, New Zealand17,205 contributions
Standard and special exhibitions
Aug 2021
We came by for the sea monsters exhibit. The newly refurbished atrium was large and very nice. It had waiting areas as well as the ticketing area, a cafe and the souvenir store. We purchased a ticket to the special exhibition there.
The ticket to the exhibit also included entry into the museum. The sea monster exhibit was ok. There were quite a few nice fossils and some interesting things to do but it was a lot shorter than I expected.
With plenty of time to spare we decided to walk around the museum too. Some of the areas were a lot newer and it was quite interesting watching the new interactive displays. There were also some of the older ones like the volcano exhibit. There is also a place for children at weird and wonderful. I particularly enjoyed the Imaginarium since it was quite different. The natural world display was also nice with the dinosaur and moa bones.
There were a few exhibits that were smaller but also interesting. We didn't walk through it all but did enjoy what we saw. They also have an underground paid carpark that goes right into the atrium of the museum. It was useful in the rain and if there are no free parking spots in the domain.
Quite a nice place to wander about to see the history of New Zealand. Take a day or two to see whats in there.
Written August 22, 2021
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ranch100
Melbourne, Australia131 contributions
Combined museum and war memorial
Jul 2021
Whilst parking was a bit difficult (school holidays and raining), it was certainly worth the effort to visit the museum and war memorial. The memorial is well set out, interactive with audio in various places and very moving.
Plenty of space and two cafe locations (worth visiting).
Should be a 'must do' on any trip.
Written August 2, 2021
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Jess O
Kia ora, thank you for sharing more about your experience at Tāmaki Paenga Hira. We're glad you enjoyed your visit and look forward to welcoming you back in the future.
Written August 16, 2021
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SilicoJack
Wellington, New Zealand422 contributions
Excellent
Jul 2021 • Family
This is really one of the best museums in the country. The variety of things will keep you busy for a while
Written July 12, 2021
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Jess O
Kia ora Jack, thanks for the great feedback!
Written July 13, 2021
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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 May 2, 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 May 5, 2021
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Milzie
Dunedin, New Zealand786 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 April 15, 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 April 18, 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 February 27, 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 April 12, 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 February 26, 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 April 12, 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 February 11, 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 February 22, 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 February 5, 2021
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Jess O
Kia ora Jack, thanks for sharing this wonderful feedback with us!
Written February 22, 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 February 4, 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 February 4, 2021
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