When is it?
Saturday 7 and Friday 20 July 2018. From 8.30pm - 11pm.
Which entrance do I use?
Entry is via the Atrium on the southern side of the building.
How much is it?
Until 14 June, we have early bird tickets at $35 for standard tickets or $25 for members.
After 14 June, standard tickets are $40 and members are $30.
Door sales: $45 (subject to availability), member door sales $35.
All bookings include a one-off fee of $3 per transaction.
How do I book?
You can book online at www.aucklandmuseum.com. Search on our event calendar for An Adult Night at Auckland Museum: Secrets …shhh! and follow the instructions.
Can children come to the Adult Night at Auckland Museum?
Sorry, this one is for adults only. Please book our family nights if you have kids.
Will the car park be open?
Yes, the Museum’s underground car park will be open for the evening, at a special discounted rate of $10.00. As usual, there is free parking up to 180 minutes around the Museum and the Domain.
What do we need to bring?
Torches! For safety reasons, we keep lights on low, but it will still be darker than usual inside. A torch will help you navigate your way around.
What shall we wear?
Visitors to the Museum are encouraged to dress up as an ‘object’ in case they encounter Bob Tickbox, the Health & Safety Manager. That way they can blend into the Museum artefacts to hide! There will be prizes for the best disguises on the night.
It can get very warm inside the Museum at night, so it’s best to bring layered clothing. And leave your high heels at home. There is a cloakroom in the Atrium. The lockers are a gold coin, and this is refundable when belongings are collected.
How does the evening progress?
Our ‘Night Custodian’ team will sneak you into the Museum, and then you are on your own to wander the galleries at will and discover all those characters waiting for you. Your special mission is to find out how the Museum can better look after these living objects by getting to know them.
The wider galleries will be open until around 10pm, then the living objects may guide somewhere else. Don’t be scared; just follow the characters where they lead you.
Is it a guided tour?
No, you choose your own route around the Museum and explore at your own pace.
Food and Drink
A glass of bubbles and nibbles are included in the price of the ticket. Please note your free glass of bubbles will be served around 10pm (you’ll be told when it’s time).
There will also be a cash bar in the Grand Foyer for the duration of the Adult Night at Auckland Museum. Drinks must only be consumed in the Grand Foyer.
Are we allowed to bring food and drink?
You can bring bottled water, but no food or drinks are allowed in the Museum galleries.
You are welcome to make use of the Kai Room as a place to eat. The Kai Room is on the first floor, above the atrium, and next to Weird & Wonderful.
What will I find around the Museum?
There are lots of special objects who have ‘woken up’ including:
A Tea House owner, a Pacific navigator, a Māori princess, a lost dolly, a suffragist, Basil the dinosaur, an ancient Egyptian servant, a couple of soldiers, a WWII nurse and a living statue of Zealandia.
In addition, there are three trusty ‘Night Custodians’ to help you on your journey, and give you essential tips.
If you’re unlucky you may cross paths with the Health & Safety Manager, Box Tickbox. Be sure he doesn’t see you!
In addition to these folks, there are a few secrets rooms that have been opened up, especially for this event. Some doors are meant to be opened!
From 10.15pm - 11pm, The Gramophone Band will perform in the Grand Foyer.