Edmiston Gallery

Maritime art expressing the spirit of a seafaring nation

Generously supported by the Edmiston Trust, the Edmiston Gallery showcases artworks from both the Museum's and the Edmiston Trust's collection. The Gallery also plays host to travelling exhibitions which showcase some of New Zealand's finest artists. All artworks displayed reflect aspects of New Zealand's rich maritime heritage.


From folk art to ship souvenirs, navigational equipment to flags, we’re unveiling the weird and wonderful treasures from the Museum's archive.

Wreck of HMS Orpheus by Admiral Richard Brydges Beechey

It was on February 7 1863 that HMS Orpheus was wrecked on the Manukau Bar, on the west coast of Auckland.  Of the 259 men assumed to be aboard - 189 men lost...