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Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira

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The Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira is one of New Zealand’s major museums and war memorials. Its collections concentrate on New Zealand history, natural history, as well as military history.

The museum collections include:

  • Māori and Pacific Island artefacts and treasures
  • Photographic collection of 1.2 million images
  • Natural history specimens from the fields of botany, entomology, geology, land vertebrates and marine biology.
  • Exhibition covering wars, both within New Zealand and New Zealand’s participation in overseas conflicts.
  • Applied and decorative arts in New Zealand

The Cenotaph, including parts of the museum, as well as its surrounding consecrated grounds, such as the Court of Honour, also serve as a war memorial, mainly to those who lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars.

Among the many historical, cultural and specimen objects in the Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira the following are highlights:

  • Maori meeting house
  • Waka (Maori canoe)
  • Maori wooden sculpture
  • Mitsubishi A6M Zero
  • Spitfire
  • Great spotted Kiwi

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To help you better appreciate the Auckland War Memorial Museum the following guides will be helpful:

  • Historical Objects and the Auckland War Memorial Museum
  • Finding Meaning at the Auckland War Memorial Museum
  • Your Visit to the Auckland War Memorial Museum
  • The History of the Auckland War Memorial Museum

Essential Facts:

  • Name:                Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira
  • Inaugurated:    1929
  • Type:                  Museum, War Memorial
  • Style                   Architectural  Neoclassical
  • Location:          Address Auckland Domain, Auckland, New Zealand

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“As man disappears from sight, the land remains.” Maori Proverb

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