Auckland Art Gallery Toi O Tāmaki

A: Wellesley Street East, Auckland CBD, Auckland, New Zealand

P: +64 9 379 1349


Auckland Art Gallery is a cultural leader in Aotearoa New Zealand, with an overarching goal to be a place for art and a catalyst for ideas. With multiple exhibition spaces spreading across four levels of an award-winning building, the Gallery is the largest visual arts experience in Aotearoa New Zealand. It offers experiences that strengthen and enrich local communities, and values collaboration and dialogue.

The Gallery’s doors opened for the first time on Friday 17 February 1888, with a gift by Sir George Grey forming the core of the early collection. From these beginnings – focussing on European and British art – the Gallery now has more than 18,000 works in the collection, and its redeveloped building provides purpose-built spaces for regularly changing exhibitions. It contains major holdings of New Zealand historic, modern and contemporary art, and alongside outstanding works by Māori and Pacific artists it also represents significant international painting, sculpture and print collections.

Audiences are at the heart of all activities, which extend out from the Gallery’s home in the arts and learning precinct of Auckland’s central city. New thinking and research informs its programming, which is supported by the resources of the E H McCormick Research Library and the Conservation Research Centre. The Gallery’s publishing programme turns exhibition ideas and other research into books and online publications that keep connecting people with ideas and with each other.


  • Cafe
  • Gallery shop
  • Free guided tours
  • Historic building
  • Wheelchair access
  • Workshops & classes


Agenda Setters: Nathan Pōhio

The artworld people set to influence the region in the year to come.

Curator’s Radar: Julia Morison

These artists have recently garnered significant attention from curators of public galleries.

Finalists announced for The Walters Prize 2020

Auckland Art Gallery announces final nominees for The Walters Prize 2020.

Martin Basher: Collectors Love

With increasing confidence, Martin Basher does the dance of seducing us whilst also confronting our preconceptions around cultural value.