Auckland Museums and Galleries

Auckland Museums are some of the best in the country, everything from maritime and Maori history, to art, geology and even a reconstructed 19th century village. With over 25 museums in the city, don't wait for a rainy day, to discover them.

Museums in Auckland are mostly modern, well thought out, and family friendly. Forget the stuffy image of museums being just thousands of things in glass boxes. The buzzword these days is 'interactivity', and museums in Auckland really do lead the way in exciting, informative exhibitions. Maritime history is an integral part of Auckland's personality, and you can find great museums with a naval theme, in Viaduct Harbour, Waiheke Island, and Torpedo Bay. If you're a history buff, head to the Auckland Museum or the pioneer villages at Helensville and Howick. You'll find some great Maori stories and exhibits in Warkworth and Waiuku, while in Puhoi there's a fascinating tribute to Auckland's Czech immigrants. Transport nuts can find a playground of stuff, from car and railway museums, to aviation and military museums. The Auckland Museum is definitely the place to go to find out more about the city, past and present.

Howick Historical Village

Howick Historical Village Auckland-East, Auckland

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Step back to the 19th century and explore this fascinating recreation of a colonial village. Walk amongst costumed 'villagers' and experience how Howick used to be.

Stardome Observatory and Planetarium

Stardome Observatory and Planetarium One-Tree-Hill, Auckland

Experience the glory of the night skies from the comfort of your own seat. Using the special effects of a planetarium, Stardome Observatory lets you observe the wonders of the universe.

Rose Hellaby House

Rose Hellaby House Auckland-West, Auckland

Rose Hellaby was explorer, gardener and a philanthropist who purchased the house in 1933 and lived there for 35 years before giving it to the people of Auckland.

Auckland Art Gallery

Auckland Art Gallery Auckland-Central, Auckland

See thousands of works of art housed in a listed heritage building. Explore the work of national and international artists from the 12th century to contemporary pieces.

New Zealand Maritime Museum

New Zealand Maritime Museum Auckland-Central, Auckland

The New Zealand Maritime Museum at the heart of Auckland's waterfront takes visitors on a journey through New Zealand's maritime heritage.

Historic Couldrey House and Garden

Historic Couldrey House and Garden Auckland-North, Auckland

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Couldrey House and Garden, is a historic Victorian-Edwardian home set in Wenderholm Regional Park. The house is a combination of styles reflecting the periods of notable former owners.

The Waiheke Museum and Historic Village

The Waiheke Museum and Historic Village Waiheke-Island-, Auckland

The Waiheke Museum presents a piece of 'Old Waiheke' with three bach-style houses complete with photos and period rooms, the original jail, a 1930's island cottage, wool press and other period items.

Torpedo Bay Navy Museum

Torpedo Bay Navy Museum North-Shore, Auckland

See a unique collection of historical objects that range from functional to ceremonial, representing a full spectrum of Royal NZ Navy experiences.

Vaughan Homestead

Vaughan Homestead Auckland-North, Auckland

The Vaughan Homestead is set in the beautiful grounds of Long Bay Regional Park and is a rare example of a wooden farmhouse from early New Zealand life.

Mercury Bay Museum

Mercury Bay Museum Coromandel-Peninsula, Auckland

A visit to the Coromandel's most visited museum, offers the opportunity to see 800-950 AD. Kupe Maori Artifacts, the HMS Buffalo (sunk 1840), early settlers records and the James Cook collection.


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