Auckland War Memorial Museum - Auckland
Auckland War Memorial is Auckland's first museum, and now resides in one of New Zealand's finest heritage buildings. This structurally impressive neo-classical building commands a striking presence and houses millions of objects, provides educational services, and attracts over half a million visitors a year.
The narrative of war and how it shaped New Zealand's identity makes for a compelling story. The memorial aspect of the museum pays respect to fallen soldiers of World War I and World War II with a Sanctuary and Hall of Memories. Other conflicts concerning New Zealand such as the land wars, Vietnam and Korea are also covered in exhibitions.
In addition to its role as a cornerstone of remembrance for those affected by war, the museum is a significant site of natural history and cultural resources. It aims to tell the story of New Zealand, its people, and its place in the Pacific. Collections focus on a wide range of interests and topics, including Maori and Pacific, social and military history, and decorative arts.
Permanent and changing exhibitions contribute to a lively 'what's on' programme. Visitors can also deepen their understanding of Maori culture with a Maori cultural performance. The high-energy show features the Haka and encourages post-performance interaction between performers and audience. As an optional extra, performers will then take visitors around the Maori gallery giving them a guided tour and putting their own heritage into context.
Adults: $10 donation is suggested / Children (under 15): Free.
Charges apply for performances, guided tours and selected exhibitions.
Monday to Sunday (except Christmas Day): 10.00am - 5.00pm.
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