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Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki is New Zealand’s most compelling visual arts experience. Enter between majestic kauri (native tree) columns to explore four floors of exhibitions, seven centuries of art and one of Auckland’s most iconic buildings. Experience world-class touring exhibitions, immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and atmosphere of traditional and contemporary international works and discover the largest permanent collection of New Zealand art right in the heart of Auckland city. The Gallery offers a lively calendar of talks, performances, film screenings and children's activities to complement its exhibition programme. Please visit our website to see what’s on. Tours in English 11.30am and 1.30pm daily. Tours in Mandarin 1.30pm Thu-Sun. (Adults $10. Children 12 and under free.) Open daily 10am-5pm (except Christmas Day) Free entry (charges may apply to special exhibitions).
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Stairs / lift, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access
Reviewed 11 May 2014

Enjoyed this gallery immensely - they have an very wide collection of New Zealand art covering a long period. Could have done with having longer to look at everything.

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Reviewed 5 May 2014

Nicely displayed contemporary,mixed media and regional art mixed in with some very nice works from early naturalists and explorers. One wing includes a number of portraits of Maori peoples and their facial tattoos from early in the European settlement. Worth an afternoon's visit, including a small café which we didn't try but looked good. We expressed an interest (lack of knowledge of the Maori) and the docents were very enthusiastic to try and help with information. Beautiful wood ceiling in the second story foyer/landing. Grounds are worth exploring- good view of Auckland. Worth a donation otherwise no charge.

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Reviewed 2 May 2014

The Auckland Art Gallery - Toi o Tamaki - offered a very good gallery experience pretty much right in the heart of Auckland. Great value for all, given that admission was free (a small charge applied to special exhibits). Donations were accepted, and it's worth dropping a few dollars in to help support them. The gallery featured some fascinating works amongst both its permanent and temporary galleries, especially the NZ specific stuff, with the historical Māori portraits being particularly moving. Happily photography was allowed for all but some of the older, mainly Māori related works, although even this restriction is really not enforced and annoyingly a number of people were snapping away regardless with their little phone and compact cameras, sometimes complete with flash. It's this type of ignorant behaviour that sees galleries ban photography completely, just so these selfish people can get a cruddy reproduction on their poor quality camera that they'll probably never even look at anyway, so please don't be one of them. The gallery was pretty quiet late morning on a Thursday so you could have plenty of time to contemplate the works in peace.

The building itself is also very nice, with a blend of the original late nineteenth century building, a mid-twentieth century addition, and a third extension completed in 2011. The new addition results in the gallery visually blending the internal design into the surrounding Albert Park, and for this reason I highly recommend approaching the gallery through the park rather than from the city centre as you get a great perspective on it from the park.

The cafe was pretty expensive, but perhaps that's not unusual for galleries. I also took part in one of the free tours, so while I shouldn't complain too much, to be honest the tour guide seemed a bit ill-informed, making some obvious mistakes and causing me to wonder how much of what else she was saying was actually correct. That's the main reason I didn't rate this a five. I recommend allowing yourself two hours minimum to visit, though of course given the free admission you can always return.

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Reviewed 2 May 2014

Great effort by the Kiwis. Small art gallery, but interesting. Would have expected more local work. But all the same worth a visit.

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Reviewed 29 April 2014

Award winning building. Nice cafe. The shop is excellent for quality and interesting gifts for your friends, and you...And of course the art gallery is the best in New Zealand. World class exhibitions.

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