Story: Art galleries and collections

Auckland Art Gallery and library

In 1888 the Auckland Art Gallery opened in a magnificent new building, which had been completed the year before, as shown in the top image, drawn by John Grainger and Charles D'Ebro. The gallery shared the French chateau-style building with the public library and city council. Initially the gallery occupied the Coburg (now Kitchener) Street wing (to the left of the clock tower) but eventually took over the entire space. In 2011 a new additional building was completed alongside the original gallery wing. 

The plans of the interior of the original middle floor (bottom image) show how the rooms in the building were used when it was a shared space.

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Auckland City Archives
Reference: ACC 015 2197-3 (top); ACC 015 3182-2 471450 (bottom)

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Roger Blackley, 'Art galleries and collections - 19th-century collections and galleries', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 7 June 2023)

Story by Roger Blackley, published 22 Oct 2014, updated 8 Aug 2016