While our doors are closed, you can still experience some of your favourite parts of Tāmaki Paenga Hira with us here online.
We've pulled together amazing stories, activities, videos and puzzles from our channels and archives into one Museum at Home hub, so you and your family can enjoy the Museum experience outside of our four walls.
Watch how volcanoes are made, make an exotic bird case come alive in a puzzle, read about when The Fiji Times was printed on Masi (bark-cloth) or see some never-before-seen photos of Sir Edmund Hillary and his expeditions.
We have included activities for kids, and for the young at heart, as well as long reads and videos for those who want to deep dive into life at the Museum. We'll be adding new things for you to read, watch and interact with regularly, so make sure to check back in.
Hi Neighbours, It might be raining but the record dry which is depleting Auckland's water supply is not going away in a hurry. Is it "just a dought?": Read the story below:
It was a pitch-black, two-second encounter with this amazing cephalopod that gave 14-year-old Aucklander, Cruz Erdmann an opportunity to capture the captivating winning shot of a bigfin squid illuminating the inky blackness of the ocean.
Cruz took out the Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year category, being chosen from nearly 50,000 entries from 92 counties, honoured by the longest-running nature photography exhibition in the world! We spoke to this young creative on his incredible achievement.
As the Museum is now open, come and see all of the stunning images from the exhibition, extended for a limited time.
Over 10 years ago I had a Garage sale we had just come back after 3 months in Germany (my wife is German) I was in the lounge in walks this Great Cat with chunky paws and walked round like he owned the place had a Good look around and looked at me as if to say 'O'K! I'll take!' He never left I callously tried to ignore him as I didn't want a Cat as we were planning another trip! So he sat outside on one of the chairs for 3 months then one night we had just gone to bed I heard this soft banging on the Bedroom window pulled the curtain back and it was him with his paw on the window! My wife and I looked at each other then we new this wasn't your average Cat! That was the beginning of a Wonderful adventure with a Wonderful Cat!3 months later it was us standing outside and him lying on the Bed looking out at us! His favourite place was sitting under the Post Box he would get up and greet passersby and he became very popular with Cars stopping even and people stepping out to cuddle him and take selfies with him! Even motor cyclists would stop. He wasn't perfect he was a bit of a scrapper' having several fights with local cats! He didn't like travelling in the car much one day we were driving to Milford and suddenly both rear windows went down we looked back and he had had his paw on the window control buttons! This happened on several occasions it was a great life with him he liked to escort visitors in and out of the property! later on a Film Producer Christopher Harder a lawyer and well know in Auckland and his assistant producer Meanie Coxon pulled up after noticing Rafi and he was given a roll in an upcoming film called ''Fighting Words'' about the Plumbley Walker Murder case! Through Rafi I also secured a roll as a Prison Guard in the film.Melanie also located him at the SPCA when he went missing for 4 days after a fight with another Cat! Special thanks to Sgt Greg Ander and Constable Ming of the Takapuna Police for their dilligence and hard work in finding out what happened to Rafi after his disappearance! P.S Rafi played a Cat! I really miss him!