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    Auckland MuseumAuckland Museum Auckland, New Zealand
    This outstanding museum is also called the Auckland War Memorial Museum and is one of the most significant museums and war memorials in the nation, focusing on the history of New Zealand, and Auckland, as well as natural history and military history. It is housed in one of the city's most iconic structures, built in the neoclassical style and resting on top of a grassed plinth or dormant volcano, in a huge park called Auckland Domain. The museum was started in 1852, as a farm workers' cottage, that now houses Auckland University and the first exhibit was for specimens of wool that welcomed 708 visitors. As the years passed, the museum would see a decline in interest, until 1869, when it was transferred to the care of the Auckland Institute, a learned society that had begun two years prior. One of the most prominent visitors during the 1890s would be the French artist, Paul Gauguin, that would sketch numerous Maori objects that would eventually be incorporated into his Tahitian period paintings. The museum contains a big collection of Maori and Pacific Island relics and treasures, that included three buildings that included the Hotunui, which was a huge carved meeting house constructed in 1878 at Thames and Te Toki a Tapiri, that was a war canoe from the year 1830 and called a waka taua. It also houses a magnificent photographic collection of 1.2 million images, as well as storing and showcasing 1.5 million natural history specimens that have been acquired in the fields of geology, marine biology, botany, land vertebrates and entomology.

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    Auckland Art Gallery Auckland Art Gallery Auckland, New Zealand
    The Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki is the main art gallery in Auckland, New Zealand, with the most inclusive collection of national and international artworks in the nation, as well as hosting occasional traveling international exhibitions. The gallery is situated in Albert Park, just below a hill, in the main part of the city, and was started in 1888 as the first permanent art gallery in the nation. The collection, when it was begun, would include mainly European old master paintings that had become the standard fare during the 19th century, but now it has expanded and grown to include a variety of styles, media and periods with more than 15,000 works. There are numerous Pacific and New Zealand artists represented, along with other European works from the Middle Ages to the current day, and include such well known New Zealand artists as C. F. Goldie, Colin McCahon, Gretchen Albrecht, Alfred Henry O'Keefe, Frances Hodgkins and Gottfried Lindauer. Other famous artists include; Dominic Barriere, Francesco Bartolozzi, Brostini Battista, Max Beckmann, Stefano Della Bella, Giovanni Bellini, Pietro Benvenuti, Pieter van der Borcht, Crispin van den Broeck, Pieter Brueghel the Younger, William Bryne, Canaletto, Polidoro da Caravaggio, Paul Cezanne, Marc Chagall, Salvador Dali, Charles Daubigny and many others.

May 12, 2011