The Auckland Domain
Parnell
Auckland, New Zealand

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Almost anything you could want to know about the evolution of New Zealand’s landscape and nature, its people and culture, can be found here. There are a range of galleries, libraries, exhibitions and interactive activities. Through these facilities, Maori culture, unique flora and fauna, and European settlement and influence, are explained in inspired detail.

The building itself is a pleasure to behold, with its neoclassical Greek columns rising majestically at the top of The Domain: Auckland’s main pleasure park. This building also serves as a monument to all those who gave their lives fighting in the wars of the 20th century.

The museum has plenty of activities for kids. You can build your own edible erupting volcano, visit "Sue" – the world’s biggest and best-preserved T. Rex skeleton – and interact with creepy-crawlies and the open-topped, sea life tank. If your children don’t fancy a handful of worms, the Auckland museum staff are more than happy to show them through displays, answer questions and sit them down with a good book.

You can take a small piece of NZ away with you from the shop’s dazzling selection of toys, games, Maori crafts and gifts.

The museum is open from 10a.m. to 5 p.m., with a suggested donation of $5 as an entrance fee.

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