Auckland is home to a number of world-class museums and art galleries that feature informative exhibitions, detailing the history of New Zealand, from its ancient roots to its current incarnation; highlighting the contributions of the city's people; and bring important works of art direct to the public.
If you're flying to Auckland, why not explore some of the best museums and art galleries the city has to offer? Make a start with my top selections!
Auckland Art Gallery
Auckland Art Gallery. Image Credit: ChewyPineapple; Wikicommons
Home to more than 15,000 artworks, the Auckland Art Gallery is the perfect place to get up close to some of the best works produced by local and international artists. The art gallery features 35 different exhibition spaces, meaning that there's always more than enough great collections on show!
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Auckland War Memorial Museum. Image Credit: Antilived; Wikcommons
Built in 1929 in an effort to remember Auckland's war dead, the Auckland War Memorial Museum houses exhibitions and memorials that honour the contributions and sacrifices of the city's service men and women. See fascinating artefacts, sobering memorial rolls, and tangible representations of the incredible, and often negative, impacts of war.
New Zealand's largest transport and technology museum, MOTAT, offers a great opportunity to discover the ways in which aviation, roads, communications, rail, and more, have evolved and impacted everyday life within the country. See impressive aviation collections, vehicles, ephemera, and other important objects up close, and gain an appreciation for how far technology has come over the past few hundred years!
Voyager New Zealand National Maritime Museum
New Zealand Maritime Museum. Image Credit: Ingolfson;Wikicommons
Discover New Zealand's long running association with the sea, with exhibitions spanning from the country's first Polynesian settlers, to European explorers and beyond. The museum is home to a wide range of rare and unique maritime artefacts that are sure to keep the whole family engaged and wanting to learn more.
With so much to see and learn, why not book a hotel room, hire a car, and spend a few days exploring all that that Auckland has to offer?