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Auckland Museum at home

The doors to Auckland Museum may be closed but visitors can still experience some of their favourite parts of the museum online.

Just launched Auckland Museum at Home is an online hub filled with stories, activities, videos and puzzles for all ages to enjoy.

Visitors to the hub can take a virtual walk through the galleries of Auckland Museum from home available, using Google Street View, for visitors who are missing seeing inside the galleries.

From collection objects and stories, to behind the scenes with Museum personnel, to quirky facts, the Museum team has collated a broad range of stories that reflect the past, current and future work of Auckland Museum. 

Throughout Auckland Museum at Home the stories are separated into different segments so visitors can find the stories they want, whether they want to learn something new, entertain the kids or are just simply looking for something to do.

Children can explore 3D models of our collection, take an interactive quiz about marine life, see inside a whale, or explore life in the ocean. A series of animated short films transport viewers back in time to stories from when the HMB Endeavour arrived in Aotearoa NZ in 1769. 

In a series of curated video playlists find out about the cool jobs and amazing activities Auckland Museum staff get up to every day. View videos, including some featured in the Museum’s Volcanoes gallery, and learn some fast facts such as – did you know that ancestors of whales once had legs?

For a deeper look, whether you’re discovering a critically endangered seabird or exploring of the story behind the return of a prized war medal to Aotearoa, the deep dives playlist provides in-depth knowledge on a wide range of topics.

For long reads, blogs from the Museum’s archives are revisited about Lucy Cranwell, New Zealand’s first female curator, the Mystery of the Barkcloth Broadsheets, the Sir Edmund Hillary photo archive and more.

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