Auckland has well and truly felt winter this year with a sharp, cold start that has continued through to now. While there is a lot to love about Auckland in the summer, don’t dismiss the city on a wintery day.
One of Auckland’s most iconic places to visit is the Auckland War Memorial Museum, for tourists and locals alike. While museums tend to be geared towards overseas visitors, Auckland Museum is a beautiful spot for all Aucklanders to enjoy as well.
This year, the Museum opened an Espresso Bar in the Grand Foyer (accessed via the Northern or Memorial Entrance). Aptly named 1929, it serves a range of fresh coffee and delicious bites to eat including pastries, bagels, soups and smoothies. Ideal for a coffee and snack post-walk in the Domain!
A Unique Shopping Experience
Another great part of the Auckland Museum that everyone can enjoy is the Museum Store. More than a gift shop, the Museum Store has a wide range of unique books, toys, war memorabilia, home decor as well as exclusive exhibition-specific items. The buyers have a strict process to follow with many having personal relationships with the artesians allowing the Store to host such a unique range of items.
Are We There Yet? Women and Equality in Aotearoa
Open now, Are We There Yet? celebrates the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand and poses the questions: How far have we really come since women gained the vote?
This contemporary exhibition uses the historic anniversary as a springboard to examine the successes and speed-bumps of gender equality so far, and where to next. Equal pay, reproductive rights, gendered violence, online trolling, legal rights and body image are all up for discussion and interrogation.
Photographs of trailblazers, ground-breaking marches, and posters and publications from the Museum’s collection will be on display, including rarely-shown photography by Gil Hanly, Emily Lear and Robin Morrison. A short-film directed by renowned filmmaker Gaylene Preston has been created especially for Are We There Yet?
A special exhibition not to be missed, make sure to check it out.