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Auckland War Memorial Museum, Tāmaki Paenga Hira

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Auckland War Memorial Museum, Tāmaki Paenga Hira

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
  • A 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 serves 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:


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


Photo Credit: By Photograph by Greg O’Beirne (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or CC BY 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons