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Educate and entertain kids with Auckland Museum’s online hub

Educate and entertain kids with Auckland Museum’s online hub

While the doors of Auckland Museum are closed amid the coronavirus pandemic, there’s plenty for families to enjoy on Tāmaki Paenga Hira’s new online hub.

Educate and entertain kids with Auckland Museum’s online hub

Auckland Museum at Home has stories, activities, video and puzzles available for free, with content to be updated regularly.

Kids can explore 3D models of the museum’s collection, take an interactive quiz about marine life, see inside a whale or explore life in the ocean.

They can also watch how volcanoes are made, make an exotic bird case come alive in a puzzle or discover some never-before-seen photos of Sir Edmund Hillary and his expeditions. 

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Here's some fun your kids can have learning about science from their very own backyard! We've put together a Backyard Bio Bingo for the tamariki in your home. The talented Josie Galbraith, our Project Curator Natural Sciences, drew these cute creatures, creepy crawlies and plants by hand. We share our bubbles with lots of plants and animal life, in and out of the home. How many can your family find living in your neighbourhood? See if you can spot slithery snails, cheeky Pīwakawaka and beautiful native plant-life – but watch out for pests! Hot tip: A family trip with a torch at night might help you in completing your bingo sheet. For older kids, why not note down when and where you see each specimen? Record keeping is an essential part of being a good scientist. Hit bingo? There are a bunch more fun activities for the whole family over on our Auckland Museum at Home hub! Link in bio. #MuseumFromHome #MuseumAtHome #AucklandMuseum #AMAtHomehttps

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There’s ample content for adults too. The deep dives playlist provides in-depth knowledge on a wide range of topics, with videos about a mission to learn about a critically endangered seabird, the story behind the return of a prized war medal to Aotearoa, a recreation of the stories of the first women to vote in New Zealand, and more.

For long reads, blogs from the museum’s archives are revisited including stories about Lucy Cranwell, New Zealand’s first female curator, the Mystery of the Barkcloth Broadsheets, and the Sir Edmund Hillary photo archive.

Stories contributed to Online Cenotaph provide an account of New Zealand’s history and involvement in WWI, WWII and later conflicts.

To contribute to Anzac Day the public are invited to visit the Online Cenotaph and lay a digital poppy in remembrance of a loved one.

There is also a virtual walk through the galleries of Auckland Museum from home available, using Google Street View, for visitors who are missing seeing inside the galleries.

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