The Auckland Museum is an authentic Gothic building in Auckland Park, a very majestic building
You can not visit a different country and not at least take a second to stop and learn about its history.
I wasn't expecting to have to pay so much to enter the museum, but I guess they need funds to keep the doors open. There is an exhibit sponsored by Spark right when you walk it that is really cool and interactive. Since I'm visiting New Zealand I wanted to find out the history of how it came to be, and the museum broke down the treaty between the natives and the colonist, and pointed out where the land grab by the colonist was against the law. It went into some of the other wars and how the natives were excluded from them. It's got Natural history, and even an exhibit to the Chinese, how they came to be here and what their life is like culturally and how they fit into present day New Zealand.
No trip to Auckland is complete without visiting the Auckland Museum. Housed in a gorgeous historic building and located on a huge piece of land that also has wintergardens, walking trails and a duck pond to explore - this museum is well worth a morning or afternoon visit. There are dinosaurs, volcanoes and fish - and a whole section called Weird and Wonderful for children.
Great for families. The war memorial is at the top floor. There is a reasonably good kids section by the museum