Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki
Corner Kitchener and Wellesley Streets ,
(09) 307 7700
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki Information
Built in 1888, the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki is the largest art institution in New Zealand, housing a collection of more than 15,000 works.
View the Gallery’s collection including New Zealand historic, modern and contemporary art, and outstanding works by Māori and Pacific Island artists, as well as international painting, sculpture and print collections ranging in date from 1376 to today.
Open daily 10am - 5pm, except Christmas Day
Avg Food Spend
$$$ per person
A La Carte Menu, Breakfast Menu
Daily until 4pm
Entry to the Gallery is free. Charges may apply to special exhibitions.
Wheelchair Access, Disabled Toilets
I with my youngest son and eldest daughter visiting here from Sydney visited the Toi O Tamaki on Thursday 2nd February 2017 to see the Gotfried Lindauer Maori exhibition. The exhibition was outstanding. We spent time looking at, and reading about the participants as stated on the small boards besides each painting, with discussions between my son and I while waiting for my daughter to catch us up. There we also saw two Tupuna from our Iwi. I and my children were in awe of the skill Mr Lindauer displayed in his paintings.
While there an older tauiwi man was leading a large group of people and it became obvious they were tourists (the majority). I made it my business not to be too close or within earshot of this gentlemans descriptions of the painted subjects.
I however was very unhappy when my daughter informed me she had heard him informing his group that "Maori are a dying race". This upset me because if this kind of information is being relayed to visitors by a "guide" within Toi O Tamaki and on your behalf willgive visitors the wrong impression..
Finally I wonder why a Maori or Maori knowledgeable in Te Reo and Tikanga was not employed by Toi O Tamaki to guide and give information...
We are not a dying race, however we are a self similating race, which could be to our detriment.
I inform you as I'm sure you as an entity would want truthful information given, not personal.. I almost came back to take issue with the "guide" but decided I did not want to spoil a special day and viewing...
We had the best time at the Auckland Art Gallery last weekend! I love that it does not cost anything unless you want to go to the current exhibitions. We wandered around for hours looking at amazing artworks of NZ and overseas artists. It was great to overhear staff talking to people about what the artist is portraying, and educating people as they viewed different pieces.
There was even live music playing on the steps inside the building, which gave it a nice atmosphere.
Well worth a look!
The Auckland Art Gallery is a must for any art lover. The current Degas to Dali exhibition is well worth viewing, but if you don't fancy the entry fee, there are loads of free exhibitions that cover top quality art from Victorian times, to pop art. Definitely recommended.
Wow! The new Auckland Art Gallery is amazing and I think anyone who visits will get something out of it. The architecture is stunning - from the restored older parts of the building to the beautiful new spaces filled with light, the building is a work of art in itself. The Kauri canopies that cover the entrance give it a distinct NZ feel and there is a great mix of NZ and international art. I have been twice with children so far, and they have really enjoyed both the gallery spaces and the new Learning Centre. I think the trick is to limit yourself to certain areas with the kids, because you can always go back and do more later. If you are prepared with a little bit of knowledge about what you are going to see, and have a few questions for them up your sleeve, they learn alot and may also surprise you with some of their observations!
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