I first went to the Auckland Museum as a small boy, some 55 years ago. It was a fascinating place then with a great collection of Maori and South Pacific artefacts as well as its war section and other collections. I was delighted to find, 55 years later, that the Museum still houses the same fine collections and that they have been updated and are well displayed and presented without going for the trivialization or over simplification that some museums feel obligated to do to attract and retain the attention and interest of young children - the "Disneyfication" of knowledge as I characterise it. Our two nephews, aged 11 and 13, were kept interested and engaged throughout the whole tour of the museums various collections which, to me, is no mean feat as they seem to have the attention spans of a gnat at times.
The only negative with our visit was the shortage of carparking near the Museum. Hopefully this will be addressed before too long.
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