Join us this Anzac Day for commemorative services, tours, music and poetry. After the Anzac Day services, visit our commemorative galleries for your own personal reflections and discover more about New Zealand’s history and involvement in WWI and WWII.
The Museum will close at 10AM in advance of the Civic Service, and reopen after the conclusion of the Civic Service.
6am, Court of Honour
11am, Court of Honour
Entry to the Museum is free to everyone on Anzac Day. The Museum will open immediately following the Dawn Service.
Esquire - from One Tree Hill College
Approx 6.40AM, Directly following the Dawn Service WWI Sanctuary, Level 2
As the sun rises on Anzac Day, join Esquire as they welcome the Dawn in the evocative surroundings of the WWI Sanctuary.
Discover your Connection
6.45AM – 5PM, Pou Maumahara Memorial Discovery Centre, Level 2
Discover more about New Zealand service men and women in our this Memorial Discovery Centre. Our friendly staff can help you research your family members’ service records.
Pou Kanohi New Zealand at War
6.45AM - 5PM, Level 2
Pou Kanohi is dedicated to educating young people about the First World War. Rich with collections, the gallery shares New Zealanders’ experiences of WWI from multiple perspectives through accessible and interactive experiences.
6.45AM – 11AM, Weird & Wonderful
Bring the kids along to colour and create their own ready-to-wear badge.
WWI and WWII Tours
7.15AM, 8.15AM, 9.15AM, 12.30PM 1.30PM, 2.30PM AND 3.30PM
Meet outside Pacific Lifeways, Ground Level
Join our experienced guides and explore the stories of the First and Second World Wars.
Auckland Youth Choir:
8.30AM, WWI Sanctuary
On this day of remembrance, Auckland Youth Choir perform a selection of poignant pieces under the musical direction of Lachlan Craig and Grace Francis as we contemplate what Anzac Day means to us.
Lest We Forget Poetry Competition Finalists
9.30AM, WWII Hall of Memories
Join us in support of the finalists of our Lest We Forget Poetry Competition, as they read out their winning entries. Finalists were asked to create a response in poetry or prose to reflect on what peace means in this 100th anniversary year of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles.
Reflection and Remembrance - Macleans College Chorale
12 noon, Directly Following the Civic Service, WWI Sanctuary
Macleans College Chorale will present a programme of reflection and remembrance in our WWI Hall of Memories. The Chorale is the premiere choral ensemble at Macleans College and is made up of students in years 9 – 13.
Last year, they earned a Silver Award at the New Zealand Choral Federation’s Big Sing Finale in Wellington.