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Galleries, museums and other facilities across Auckland may be closed during the COVID-19 lockdown, but you can still make the most of our region from home.

Take a look at the list below, and start exploring everything Auckland has to offer:

Auckland Art Gallery Toi O Tāmaki 

Cultured Conversations

Watch or listen online

Exploring issues and ideas from the cultural sector in Aotearoa New Zealand, this series is hosted by Gallery Director, Kirsten Paisley, and invites exceptional leaders from arts, philanthropy, economics and politics to outline their vision for recovery as we navigate the impacts of COVID-19.

Watch the first episode with Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand, and stay tuned as the Gallery releases new episodes each week: you can watch the series on its website or listen to it on Spotify or Soundcloud.
Latest episode with Chelsea Winstanley

Watch Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Chelsea Winstanley in conversation with ‘Cultured Conversations’ host Auckland Art Gallery Director, Kirsten Paisley, in the fourth of this 12-part digital series. In this episode, Chelsea talks about the importance of supporting indigenous creatives in telling their own stories.
Enchanted Worlds virtual tour
Take the tour

For everyone looking for their culture fix from home, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki has just released the latest version of its immersive and interactive virtual tour of the exquisite Enchanted Worlds: Hokusai, Hiroshige and the Art of Edo Japan. This digital experience now offers brand new features, including audio guides, plus te reo Māori translations of the complete tour content.
Jump online at, then use the navigation tools to virtually “walk” through the exhibition or click on any room in the interactive map to instantly move across gallery spaces. Zoom in and out to discover works, read in-depth labels, uncover highlights in the curator’s picks or look out for the family tour with fun activities to try along the way. Enjoy!
My Civilisation Now photography competition
Get involved in the conversation and share your view of the world in this time of COVID-19.

Auckland Art Gallery is calling on all amateur, first-time, student and emerging photographers to post your best shots to Instagram, responding to one of the eight themes of their exhibition, Civilisation, Photography, Now.

Enter the competition

Art Toi gallery magazine
Available online, Art Toi, Auckland Art Gallery’s magazine features contributions from staff and guest writers that provide insight into the effect COVID-19 has had on the gallery’s international exhibition programme and introduces new projects being developed.

Read the complete edition 1 online and, when it reopens, pick up a copy at the gallery shop.
Reflections on the Floating World

Brimming with rich imagery and insight, dive deeper into Enchanted Worlds: Hokusai, Hiroshige and the Art of Edo Japan inside this e-publication published by the gallery on the occasion of this major recent exhibition. This text is the print version of a lecture presented by Dr Rossella Menegazzo, an internationally renowned curator and scholar of Japanese painting, prints, graphic design and photography.

Click here to read the complete e-publication online.

New Zealand Maritime Museum

Browse the Maritime Museum’s collection online, and read stories and blogs of the sea on the museum website.

Kids can get creative and enjoy craft activities with our Mini Māuis kids club.

Tag the museum in your Mini Māuis’ posts and use the hashtags #NZMaritimeMuseum and #MiniMāuis for spot prizes

Explore the Museum’s last exhibition Tākiri: An Unfurling exhibition, with podcasts and videos (closed June 2020), and watch the Sustainable Seas Breakfast Talk Series, where speakers from the Sustainable Seas challenge discuss their research and the future of our oceans in this series of Breakfast Talks hosted by the New Zealand Maritime Museum.

Auckland Live

Arts + Climate Innovation: Livestream kōrero

Weds 19 Aug – 23 Sep, 7pm

Track Zero, in partnership with Auckland Live and the Performing Arts Network of New Zealand (PANNZ), hosts a weekly kōrero with leading thinkers in the sciences, arts and creative and cultural communities bringing their perspectives on the powerful role arts can play in shaping a fair, carbon neutral future.

The Auckland Live Kids Club is packed with lots of at-home fun for the tamariki including puzzles, games and stories, updated weekly. See more

Auckland Live weekly EDM (sent every Thursday) with online activities and livestreams. To sign up to the weekly EDM go to and enter your email at the bottom of the page.