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“Fascinating art in a fascinating building”

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki
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US$28.11*
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Auckland City Highlights Walking Tour
Ranked #12 of 264 things to do in Auckland
Certificate of Excellence
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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. Open daily 10am-5pm (except Christmas Day) Free entry (charges may apply to special exhibitions).
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“Fascinating art in a fascinating building”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2014

We're really not gallery lovers, but with a day to kill in Auckland we decided to pop into the Art Gallery and were pleasantly surprised. There's a wide range of art from the very traditional to the confrontingly modern. The building itself is actually quite interesting, though it's a real rabbit-warren - get the free map on entry! Oh, hidden up on the top floor is a cafe which does quick but very tasty meals. You can even sit out on the balcony and watch the world pass by.

Visited April 2014
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“well presented”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2014

interesting mix of old and new paintings, with lots of interesting info, well set out and friendly staff

Visited June 2014
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“Another great building”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2014

Plenty of NZ art and culture to review here both traditional and modern. A lot of talented new artist work on display. Building partly historic with modern twists. Really enjoyed the exhibits and the staff were into the place too

Visited May 2014
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“Fantastic building, beautiful collections”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2014

If you love architecture you HAVE to vist the Toi o Tamaki. They did a fantastic job crossing the old, heritage part with a beautiful, elegant contenporary one. Stylised references to trees and maori culture, plenty of light and transparency, and very enjoyable spaces inside.

The new and old parts mix effertlessly, taste and measure everywhere. It fully deserves the "World Building of the Year Award" it won in 2013.

Beautiful collections too, but I'm a spoiled italian... Anyway it displays both ancient and contemporary artworks, worth a visit as much as the building.

I hope you'll enjoy as much as I did!

Visited November 2013
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“Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2014

Like most galleries and museums, this can only really be properly explored if you're willing to devote 2-3 hours of your time to it. The architecture, firstly, is fabulous. The building has been enlarged over the past few years, to allow the gallery to extend some of its exhibits. I found the extensive collection of New Zealand art in the old wing of the building particularly interesting. You'll also find an impressive array of European paintings from the many prominent 19th and 20th century artists, across many different movements. There were some really great realist works on display when I visited. My only word of caution would be that this attraction can't really be appreciated on a hurried visit to the city. Give it time and you'll be glad you did. It really rivals some of the best galleries the world has to offer.

Visited March 2014
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