Auckland War Memorial Museum
Tāmaki Paenga Hira, Auckland War Memorial Museum is Auckland's place of gathering, welcome and orientation, where we share knowledge of our Taonga and explore the many stories of Tāmaki. Our vision - Enriching Lives: Inspiring discoveries.
- Laura Mckinnon
Tāmaki Paenga Hira, Auckland War Memorial Museum exists to serve Aucklanders and visitors to the city for today, tomorrow, and future generations. From our original humble beginnings in a two-room farm cottage in the suburb of Grafton, in 2022, we will celebrate our 170th year as the museum for Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland. A part of the social fabric of this city over the decades, we continue to facilitate cultural wellbeing and social cohesion by enabling Aucklanders to connect with the past and have a sense of their identity and place in a changing world.
Amongst others, our role is to collect, preserve, and share the history and environment of Tāmaki Makaurau, the Auckland region, Aotearoa, the South
Pacific and, the world around us. We share the story of who we are as Aucklanders, as New Zealanders and the world in which we live. However, Auckland Museum is more than a visitor attraction. We have a duty to conserve the heritage of the Museum and act as a kaitiaki of the extensive collections of heritage, cultural, and scientific taonga we care for in perpetuity.
As the war memorial for the Auckland province, the iconic heritage building was built on Pukekawa in Auckland Domain in 1929, when subscriptions raised by Aucklanders in remembrance of their war dead enabled its construction as a touchstone for commemoration.
Fundraising and partnerships enables Auckland Museum to continue to be a place of innovation, curiosity, learning, research and an active leader and collaborator both nationally and internationally.
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