Thursday, August 21, 2014

New Zealand Showcase: The Auckland Museum

If you’re in and around the Auckland area in New Zealand, why not check out the Auckland Museum. Located on the North Island, this museum is one of New Zealand’s most important museums and war memorials and features collections, which concentrate on New Zealand’s natural and military history.

via Flickr by Robert Linsdell
This museum is considered by many to be one of the most iconic Auckland buildings – with its Neo-Classical styling, it most definitely stands out. Originally built in 1929, it is also considered one of New Zealand’s finest heritage buildings. It proudly stands on the hill known by the Māori as Pukekawa.

While the Auckland Museum offers a variety of intriguing permanent and temporary exhibits, perhaps one of the most interesting is that of the Māori. The museum offers regular Māori cultural performances that are recognized as one of the leading cultural experiences in New Zealand. The cultures and artistic legacy of the Pacific people are found here in strong numbers – visitors are able to view great numbers monumental carvings, buildings, canoes and treasures.

Other interesting permanent exhibits at the Auckland Museum include the Weird and Wonderful free children’s gallery, the Pacific Masterpieces and New Zealand’s War Stories. Sounds like a fantastic place to spend an afternoon!

Have you been to the Auckland Museum? Tell us about it in the comments below!