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.

17 October 2015 to 8 February 2016, celebrating changing beach fashions and fun since the early 1900s.

Wreck of HMS Orpheus by Admiral Richard Brydges Beechey

HMS Orpheus was wrecked on the west coast of Auckland in 1863. Of the 259 men assumed to be on board, 189 lost their lives.  

Courtesy of the Stewart Family

This exhibition features a selection of paintings by W. W. Stewart (1898-1976) and photographs which capture the romance of the steam ferry era.


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