Auckland Art Gallery World Class


Auckland Art Gallery opened its long awaited extension this morning - and it is world class.

It has the look and feel of an international art gallery, contemporary but valuing its heritage (and Edwardian architecture) and proud to showcase the wealth of New Zealand artists’ work from its collection.

It has created a strong connection between the Gallery and its city surroundings especially adjourning Albert Park.

It has followed international galleries I have visited in recognising a space for children to participate so a future generation can appreciate art.

It has impressive nooks and crannies that draw the visitor in to discover and explore its various treasures.

There is art you can personally experience - but without the Disneyland approach of Te Papa.

The gallery is back at its original location in Kitchener and Lorne Sts , heritage structural areas have been restored and the iconic clock is ticking again.

The original gallery was established n 1888.  After four years the $114m Gallery extension was opened this morning with  speech by mayor Len Brown and a kapa haka display.

And it’s simply magnificent.


Photos of the spectacular connection between Albert park and the new Art Gallery extension here




  1. tbird says:

    Aahhh, the old mirror on the floor trick! :-D

  2. James S says:

    I can’t wait to go and see the art gallery.

    It’s all these great projects finally coming to fruition that make me excited to live in Auckland, and that isn’t a feeling I’ve had about Auckland before.

  3. Patrick says:

    @james s me too, Auckland is looking good,
    art gallery is brilliant, will be going back

  4. James B says:

    I just came back from a brief visit. The crowds were mad, more like going to the Louvre than little NZ. That said it is an awesome building and I hope to do a little more exploring when the crowds die down a bit.


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