Auckland Museum launches 'Volume'

Volume: Making Music in Aotearoa, a landmark homegrown exhibition on New Zealand music will open at Auckland War Memorial Museum on October 28.

A partnership with the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame, Volume is the first major exhibition to tell the story of popular music in Aotearoa.

From Pokarekare ana to Poi e, from Loyal to Royals, from dance halls to DJs and from vinyl to mp3s and back again, Volume will take visitors on a musical journey through the decades from the 1950s to today.

Music lovers will get to roll up their sleeves and experience how music has been made, heard, and performed over the past 60 years in a ‘hands on, ears on’ exhibition, exploring the rich diversity and unique sounds that come from our place at the southern edge of the Pacific Ocean.

Visitors will be able to step into a recording studio and get behind the mixing desk, become a DJ and blend music and video, browse records in a 1980s record store, learn how to play the opening riff of an iconic Kiwi song, or step back in time and on to the set of C'mon in the 1960s.

Drawn from the personal collections of many of our most well-known musicians, Volume will feature costumes, awards, hand-written lyrics, instruments, memorabilia, and hundreds of images that showcase the music that provides the soundtrack to our lives.

A grassroots exhibition, Volume has been developed in partnership with the NZ Music Hall of Fame, whose trustees are Recorded Music New Zealand and the Australasian Performing Right Association NZ (APRA), organisations which represent artists and songwriters from across Aotearoa.

Volume opens Friday 28 October and is open until 22 May 2017 in the Special Exhibitions Hall.


  • Seven decades

  • 200 objects in the exhibition

  • 60 lenders

  • 450 images

Event Info

28 Oct 2016 - 31 May 2015

Auckland Museum

7 months

Free with museum entry

Click here

Event Calendar



APRA AMCOS Boards Meet

View Event



The APRA Silver Scroll Awards are returning to Christchurch for the first time since 2009 to celebrate another year of excellence in New Zealand songwriting. 

View Event



APRA AMCOS Boards Meet

View Event



APRA AMCOS Boards Meet

View Event

Site Menu

Search the Website