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Auckland War Memorial Museum

The Auckland War Memorial Museum is right in the middle of the city in the expansive Auckland Domain, its an imposing building right on the top of the hill. Originally built in the 1920s as a memorial to those who lost their lives or served in World War 1, it was expanded to also provide a memorial to those who served or died in World War 2.

Its free entry for Auckland residence, for all other NZ citizens, entry is a donation. For all other nationalities its $25 for an adult, less for children.

There are a number of ways to get to the museum, I walked from Queen St/K Road, there is parking the domain if you have a car or you can catch the hop-on hop-off tourist bus.

While the name of the Museum would have you think its just about war, there are actually many other exhibits.

The ground floor has a wonderful Maori and Pacific island collection. While I was visiting there was a fabulous wildlife photography competition exhibit. I would consider this a do not miss exhibit.

The first floor is primarily natural history including a very popular and interactive area for children.

The top floor is mainly the war memorials and displays regarding the wars including peace keeping, Korean and other wars that New Zealand has been involved in. This is also where you will find extremely helpful staff in the library and research department. I spent some time here speaking to a researcher regarding my grandfathers diary and she gave me a number of very helpful suggestions regarding researching more into my Grandad’s service in the army.

Now a few photos – sorry for the poor quality – dim lighting and iPhone are not a good combo 🙂

The Auckland War Museum

The Auckland War Museum

Sign outside the museum saying Consecrated Ground

Sign outside the museum saying Consecrated Ground

The Auckland War Museum Hours and Times

The Auckland War Museum Hours and Times

Opening Hours

Opening Hours

Beautiful Maori carvings

Beautiful Maori carvings

Maori Display, note you need to leave your shoes at the entrance

Maori Display, note you need to leave your shoes at the entrance

An extensive display of furniture, porcelian and clothing (I rushed through this area due to time constraints)

An extensive display of furniture, porcelian and clothing (I rushed through this area due to time constraints)

Colourful things in jars in the natural history section

Colourful things in jars in the natural history section

World War 1 War Memorial Ceiling glass

World War 1 War Memorial Ceiling glass

World War 1 Memorial - with the names of those from the Auckland region who lost their lives

World War 1 Memorial – with the names of those from the Auckland region who lost their lives

War history reference room

War history reference room

Spitfire Display

Spitfire Display

Display representing New Zealand's efforts at Monte Casino

Display representing New Zealand’s efforts at Monte Casino

World War 2 corridor of names of those lost from the Auckland region in World War 2

World War 2 corridor of names of those lost from the Auckland region in World War 2

Beautiful stained glass memorial window

Beautiful stained glass memorial window

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In the World War 2 memorial area, along the panels of those who lost their lives was this one saying "Let these panel never be filled"

In the World War 2 memorial area, along the panels of those who lost their lives was this one saying “Let these panel never be filled”

Amen.

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4 thoughts on “Auckland War Memorial Museum

  1. This looks absolutely beautiful, despite the sad purpose for which it was built. Thank you for sharing!

    Posted by praw27 | June 28, 2014, 12:44 am
  2. Would be interesting to visit this museum.
    Thanks for following my posts and Happy New Year!

    Posted by Candia | January 3, 2015, 10:50 pm

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