I made another pass through Auckland’s (beautiful) War Memorial Museum yesterday, and while the mood of war & death that shrouds the many rooms, altars and shrines is both sad and frustrating (will we ever evolve as a species past murder and destruction, or is it forever hardwired into our DNA?), there’s still beauty to be found in the museum’s halls.
You can see other pics I’ve taken at the War Memorial Museum here: Auckland War Memorial Museum
*NOTE: There’s been some local controversy as a recent museum director attempted to de-emphasise the “War Memorial” part of the Auckland War Memorial Museum title, and though I can empathise with why she would want to do so since the museum today functions better for the public as a science, history and culture museum than as a strict war memorial, tradition being what it is, and the fact that the museum was originally constructed with public funds to *be* a national New Zealand war memorial, makes turning its main focus away from war a difficult pill for many to swallow.
That being said, the museum continues to build upon its valuable cultural and natural history collection, and I think it’s best days are certainly ahead of it should it find the proper domestic support for a broad ranging Asia-Pacific cultural/historical agenda.