The Auckland War Memorial Museum is often just
called the Auckland Museum, and is considered one of the
country's most significant museums and war memorials, with
collections that focus on the nation's history, and especially
the history of the Auckland area, along with military history.
It is believed to be one of the nation's most iconic structures,
built in the neoclassical style and residing on a grassy plinth
or remnants of a dormant volcano in the Auckland Domain, a huge
public park next to Auckland CBD. This excellent museum contains
a big collection of Maori and Pacific Island relics and
treasures, that include three buildings, including Hotunui, a
big carved meeting house constructed in 1878 at Thames and Te
Toki a Tapiri, a waka taua, war canoe that was crafted in 1830.
It also contains a huge photographic collection of 1.2 million
images, as well as storing and exhibiting 1.5 million natural
history specimens from the fields of marine biology, botany,
geology, land vertebrates and entomology. There are some parts
of the museum, along with the Cenotaph and its encompassing
consecrated grounds in front of the museum that also serve as a
war memorial, but mostly those that had lost their lives during
WWI and WWII.