A refurbished south entrance to Auckland Museum will open on Thursday, after undergoing 18 months of works. Auckland War Memorial Museum chief executive Dr David Gaimster said the project aimed to give “greater cultural dignity” to the building. “For the first time, the museum has two compelling and distinctive entry experiences: one acknowledging our rich history and global heritage, and the other celebrating our place in the culture and cultures of 21st century Tāmaki Makaurau and Aotearoa.”