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“Tries. Fails”

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki
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Ranked #12 of 264 things to do in Auckland
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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).
Sydney, Australia
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“Tries. Fails”
Reviewed 11 August 2014

Some places must feel they have to have an art gallery in order to qualify as a city. Perhaps this explains the disappointment I felt visiting the Auckland Art Gallery

Apart from one short corridor of lovely Japanese woodcuts, some Maori art and portraits, the rest is quite mediocre. The whole ground floor is given over to New Zealand modern artists who seem to specialise in guilt-art and sneering at the middle classes who no doubt funded the gallery through their taxes. None of these pieces are coherent without the presence of little plaques explaining what these self-indulgent daubings are supposed to represent.

The top floor has some international and classical art, but it's all jumbled together without the benefit on any additional information. I suppose it's not considered 'important' because you can tell what it is. Overall, the building is more impressive than the contents and the gift shop is more interesting. Save yourself the walk up the hill.

Visited August 2014
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Hong Kong, China
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“Great site to kill time”
Reviewed 11 August 2014

I'm not an art person but in order to kill time, i came visit at 10AM before a hiking trip. Located along Wellesley street, just 2 blocks from the Civic, very easy to locate, and the best part of this gallary is, it's FREE. The best part of the gallary, and I spent almost 45 minutes walking around, is the ongoing Walter Prize 2014 gallary, very inspirational.

Visited August 2014
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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 6 August 2014

A striking building, the gallery houses some incredible pieces of art that really bring a different depth to understanding New Zealand history and culture. Free entry, a great spot to visit.

Visited August 2014
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Auckland, New Zealand
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“Great for the kids”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

We went in the school holidays. The kids played bingo were they had to find pieces of art work in the gallery. The staff were very helpful and encouraging and told us to visit the outdoor play area upstairs which was cool. Then the kids made masks to colour in and take home. Excellent coffee in the café. My advice... Get the bus in as parking is expensive in town...

Visited July 2014
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Blenheim, New Zealand
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“Drawn to this building by the architecture”
Reviewed 4 August 2014 via mobile

We were walking through Auckland looking for something to do and spied a building with interesting architecture. On further investigation we realised that it was the Art Gallery.
Free entry.
Great variety of art on display and even if you are not a big follower of art you will find lots of variety and interesting art. The gift shop is worth a visit as well even if you just have a browse through there.

Visited July 2014
Thank Angela W
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