Volume: Making Music in Aotearoa
Celebrate the music of our nation with Volume: Making Music in Aotearoa, the first-ever major exhibition of New Zealand music. A homegrown, hands-on, ears-on exhibition, Volume explores the soundtracks of our lives through vibrant and interactive displays.
Volume takes you on a musical journey, starting with today, and winding back through the decades to the 1950s. Hear the songs that you’ve fallen in love to, broken up to and everything in between.
Get up close to hundreds of objects from the personal collections of some of Aotearoa’s most well-known artists. Costumes, instruments, handwritten lyrics, awards, images and memorabilia will bring the story of New Zealand music to life.
Volume is more than just a history of popular music. You’ll be able to step into a recording studio, spin the decks as a DJ, flip through records in a 1980s’ record store, unleash your inner rock star and learn to play a classic Kiwi song in a 1970s’ pub, or step back in time and on to the set of 1960s’ music show ‘mon.
Check out the Volume Museum Sessions: a series of live performance films, captured in iconic spaces around the Museum.
Hear original songs by New Zealand artists – transformed with the help of a gospel choir, taonga puoro, and classical musicians to create four unique and memorable films for Volume: Making Music in Aotearoa.
Play it Strange Series
Come and support young Play It Strange musicians as they reinterpret Kiwi classics and perform original compositions.
Join soloists and duos from the GatSong school of music, as they perform classics and their own creations on stage in the atrium.Kiwioke
During the school holidays, keep an eye out for Kiwioke Kevin and his original one-man karaoke machine as he roams the Museum’s galleries.