Auckland Museum has two international touring exhibitions coming, a virtual reality experience to Antarctica, Tami and Jay Neilson performing in our Grand Foyer, an After Hours singles night and a panel discussion celebrating the laws passed in our country’s history and acknowledge the firsts that have shaped our inclusive LGBTQI society.
ON NOW – FRI 7 FEB, FREE WITH MUSEUM ENTRY
COLLECT YOUR MAP FROM INFORMATION DESKS
This summer become a navigator!
Follow our clues to discover the skills, tools and knowledge used in the pre-digital age, while you explore the Museum’s galleries. Be like Tupaia, the Tahitian navigator, who helped Captain Cook find his way around the Pacific on board HMB Endeavour. Stay the course and you’ll go in the draw to win a special prize pack from the Museum Store!
ON NOW – SUN 3 MAY 2020
TICKETS $10 – $14 BOOKINGS REQUIRED
Transport yourself to a world of ice and snow through the wonder of virtual reality in The Antarctica Experience.
Travel to Antarctica using the latest 360-degree virtual reality technology and follow in the footsteps of the scientists researching this mysterious continent.
Explore Antarctica from a helicopter cockpit and cruise through icy waters to meet a penguin colony – this is Antarctica as you’ve never seen it before!
SUN 2 FEB 2020, Auditorium
TICKETS: $15 – $25 BOOKINGS REQUIRED
Join Gavin Thurston, the award-winning cameramen of David Attenborough’s series, Blue Planet II and Planet Earth II, as he shares his extraordinary and adventurous true stories of tracking and filming our planet's most captivating creatures.
Following this fascinating talk, copies of his new book, Journeys In the Wild, will be available for purchase and signing.
Uenuku PRIDE at Auckland Museum
MON 10 FEB, 6PM, Grand Foyer
TICKETS $25 – $35 BOOKINGS REQUIRED
David Farrier will moderate a panel discussion at Auckland Museum this year during Pride Festival. The panel includes Louisa Wall, Welby Ings, Ngahuia Te Awekotuku and will look at laws passed in our country’s history and acknowledge the firsts that have shaped our inclusive LGBTQI society.
Following the panel discussion will be a screening of Welby Ings’ award winning short film Sparrow. Part of Auckland Pride Festival.
After Hours Mingle at the Museum
TUES 10 MARCH 2020, 7PM – 11PM, Grand Foyer
TICKETS $40 BOOKINGS REQUIRED
We're having a special singles night After Hours at Auckland Museum.
Studies show that couples who meet at cultural institutions have a *70% increased probability of staying together, than those on dating sites.
For one night only enjoy an atmosphere of relaxed conviviality with the crooning sounds of Reuben Simpson.
Discreet hosts will facilitate a personal messaging service between interested parties, and food and beverage options are available, for a little bit of Dutch courage.
Show your thoughtful, 'interested in the arts' side by wandering through our beautifully lit galleries making insightful comments about our collections.
*this is not true, but it'll be a fun night anyway.
Ata Hira Museum on the Move
FREE, Look for the Ata Hira Museum on the Move banners
SeePort Festival | Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland
SAT 25 – MON 27 JAN, 9AM – 4PM
CAPTAIN COOK WHARF, QUAY STREET, CBD, AUCKLAND
Waitangi ki Manukau
THU 6 FEB, 9AM – 5PM
HAYMAN PARK, CNR OF DAVIES AVE & WIRI STATION RD, MANUKAU CITY, AUCKLAND
SAT 14 MAR, 9AM – 5PM & SUN 15 MAR, 10AM – 4PM
MOTAT, 805 GREAT NORTH ROAD, WESTERN SPRINGS, AUCKLAND
Discover the little-known story of Tupaia and his role in the Endeavour’s voyage across the Pacific.
This pop-up family exhibition looks at the multiple perspectives of Tupaia’s life in Tahiti, on board the Endeavour and his arrival to Aotearoa.
Drawn from our exhibition Voyage to Aotearoa: Tupaia and the Endeavour, which explores the larger story of Tupaia, Ata Hira Museum on the Move uses key elements of his story to open conversations and create space for discussions and learning.
Plus there will be digital interactives, opportunities for exploration and activities for the whole family.
MON 2 MAR 2020, 6.30PM, Grand Foyer
TICKETS $45 – $55 BOOKINGS REQUIRED
LIVE at the Museum is back for 2020… Get ready to ROCK the night away with Tami Neilson joined by brother Jay Neilson.
Multi award-winning Canadian-born, New Zealand singer-songwriter Tami Neilson needs no introduction. Having become one of NZ’s most beloved artists of the modern era, blending country, soul and rockabilly into her signature high-octane performances, Neilson’s songs have tugged at our heart-strings and soothed our souls.
Accompanied by Tami’s brother and long-time co-writer/collaborator Jay Neilson, the Big Boss Mama will bring her extensive songbook to the Museum's Grand Foyer plays host to the sounds of Aotearoa.
COMPETITION CLOSES ON TUE 14 APR 2020
For this Anzac Day writers are invited to respond to the theme of "Children of War", in poetry or prose. The competition is open to all ages.
There are three age categories: 18 years +, 12 – 17 years and 11 years and under. Prizes are $150 prezzy cards for each of the nine finalists.
Finalists, chosen from each age category will be invited to read their entries inside the Museum on Anzac Day at 9.30am.
SAT 25 APR, 6AM, FREE
Join us this Anzac Day for a day of commemorative services, tours, music and poetry.
Entry to the Museum is free to everyone on Anzac Day. The Museum will open immediately following the Dawn Service.
Dawn Service, 6AM, COURT OF HONOUR
Civic Service, 11AM, COURT OF HONOUR
After the Anzac Day services, visit our commemorative galleries for your own personal reflections and to discover more about New Zealand’s history and involvement in WWI and WWII.
ON NOW – 15 MAR 2020, AUAHA ATEA NUI SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS HALL, FREE WITH MUSEUM ENTRY
Journey through our special exhibition Voyage to Aotearoa: Tupaia and the Endeavour at Auckland Museum.
You and your family can experience life as it was 250 years ago in our action-packed exhibition. Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the world of Tupaia, the Tahitian navigator, high priest and artist, as he journeys on the Endeavour to Aotearoa New Zealand.
With three parts to this exhibition, each with family-friendly interactive activities, we feature the little-known story of Tupaia and the significant role he played in James Cook’s first voyage. Experience life as a sailor, navigate your vessel across the ocean, watch Tupaia’s paintings come to life, and more.
ON NOW, SAINSBURY HORROCKS GALLERY, FREE WITH MUSEUM ENTRY
The earliest photo of Auckland on record was taken around 1857 – marking the beginning of landscape photography in the city.
This small exhibition records changes over time to the shoreline of the Waitematā, and immediate surrounds through historical Auckland photography.
Explore the Auckland CBD; and identify current locations that are barely recognisable today.
FRI 28 FEB – SUN 10 MAY 2020, AUAHA ATEA NUI SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS HALL, FREE WITH MUSEUM ENTRY
A must-see, world-class exhibition enjoyed all over the world by nature lovers and photographers, the exhibition illustrates the majesty and vulnerability of life on our planet – from big fin squid to a marmot being ambushed by a Tibetan fox, from army ants to American bison. Whilst inspiring curiosity and wonder, the images also remind us of the fragility of our planet and our responsibility to protect it. This free exhibition is a chance to view these stunning photographs, beautifully illuminated, up close and in person.
FRI 3 JUL – SUN 18 OCT 2020, AUAHA ATEA NUI SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS HALL, BOOKINGS REQUIRED
Drawn from the British Museum's world-renowned collection of the Ancient Greek world, the exhibition will feature more than 170 objects, the largest selection of ancient artefacts ever loaned by the British Museum to New Zealand.
Key objects in the show include iconic black and red ceramics featuring finely drawn depictions of athletes, gods and citizens; stunning marble and terracotta, statues and reliefs – including many fine nudes; bronze figurines; weapons and armour; toys and games; fine gold jewellery; and coins.
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