The Auckland Museum is home to an impressive Māori collection, as well as the extensive history of the flora, fauna and people of New Zealand. In fact, many say it has the world’s largest collection of Māori artifacts. Māori are the indigenous people of New Zealand and comprise about 15% of the current population.
Much of the collection includes beautiful and intricate carvings, which is a highly specialised skill passed down through the generations. The talent on display is incredible.
Here are a few of my favourite items in the Auckland Museum’s Māori collection.
Auckland Museum’s Māori collection
Auckland War Memorial Museum
The museum’s full name is the Auckland War Memorial Museum, and the third floor features New Zealand’s military history. The rest of the museum is home to natural science, human history, documents, and interactive opportunities for children.
Practical information and tips for visitors to the Auckland Museum:
- The museum is located in the Auckland Domain, the city’s oldest park.
- Admission to the Auckland Museum is free for Auckland ratepayers with proof of address, donations requested for other New Zealand residents, and fees for international visitors with discounts for children and families.
- The museum has a paid parking lot; however, it is a rare day when we have not been able to find free parking on the nearby streets.
- The city’s main ANZAC Day dawn parade takes place at the war memorial each year. Parking is often difficult for this event.
- The Auckland War Memorial Museum and Auckland Museum are both correct names and can be used interchangeably.
- The Auckland Museum is a favourite destination for visitors and locals alike.
- After you are done at the museum, be sure to visit the Wintergardens, as it is also on the domain.
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