was pressured by a very rude cashier to donate when we went in, there was also without a lie 100s and 100s of school children being so unbelievably and unreasonably loud and shoving my 7 year old daughter out of the way that we asked the assistant would they step in and ask them to quieten down and they just shrugged and said no so we left.
I had no idea how great this museum was. Free for NZers. I could have spent a few days just looking at everything. Well curated and lots for the kids to see too. Nearby there is also the atrium full of exotic plants which is well worth a visit too.
It has a great history of the Maori people and the history of the first and second world war. It is free for Auckland residents but other tourists will have to pay to go in. There are
three floors, the top floor has all the names of soldiers who died in war, and every name on it is a real person, which makes us think about what the consequences of war is.