Auckland’s Museum, superbly sited in the city’s Domain, was built in the 1920s as a memorial to the city’s war dead. Its rather severe classical style give it a commanding presence. It houses an institution which dates back to 1852.
It is a major museum displaying Pacific Island and Maori culture and art, New Zealand's natural history and birdlife and the story of New Zealanders at war. Among its many displays of great historical interest are a fine Maori meeting house, Hotunui. Auckland sits on some 50 volcanos and visitors can experience a multimedia show in which a new one arrives on the scene.
Particularly in the school holidays there is a range of activities to keep children and families busy.
December 2006 saw the opening of a spectacular Grand Atrium topped by a copper dome in the building's southern courtyard. The architect was Noel Lane. As well as extra storage. Education and exhibtion spaces the project has included an auditorium and an events centre.
Admission is by Donation.
Get there using the Explorer bus or by public transport using the Auckland Travel Planner with Auckland Museum as the destination.
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Note: Location is approximate.