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Night at Auckland Museum: Time Warped

Frequently asked questions

Do we need a torch? Will the car park be open? What should we wear? We answer your questions so you can make the most of your Night at Auckland Museum experience.

Meet 'Doctor When' at Night at Auckland Museum.

Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tāmaki Paenga Hira.

When is it?

Saturday 1, Wednesday 5 and Friday 7 October. From 6pm – 8.30pm. Museum doors open at 5.45pm (for access to the Atrium only).

Which entrance do I use?

Enter the Museum via the Atrium, which is on the southern side of the building.

How much is it?

Advance tickets are $15 for adults and children (free for 3 years and under), and $10 for Institute members. A discounted price of $10 per person applies to groups of 10 people or more. Advance tickets can be purchased by through the Bookings Office by phoning 09 306 7048, or online via our website.

Door sales are $20 each or $15 for members (subject to availability). No group discount is available for door sales.

All offsite transactions will include a one-off transaction fee of $3.

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What age is it suitable for?

This programme should have something for visitors of all ages. The most suitable age group is between 5 and 12 years.

How do I book?

Contact our bookings team on 306 7048 or book online.

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 $9. As usual there will be free parking up to 180 minutes around the Museum and the Domain.

What do we need to bring?

Torches! For safety reasons, we will keep the lights on low, but it will still be darker than usual inside the Museum. A torch will help you navigate your way around.

What should we wear?

Get dressed up! There will be prizes for the best Timewarped costumes 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. Lockers are operated with a gold coin, which is refundable when your belongings are collected.

How does the evening progress?

You will be given a special Night at Auckland Museum: Timewarped map to help you navigate the galleries and discover the activities and characters at your own pace. When you have explored to your heart’s content you can leave whenever you like.

Don’t forget to show your completed passport on your way out to get a sweet reward.

Is it a guided tour?

No, you choose your own route around the Museum and explore at your own pace.

What's Happening on the Night?

Lots! You can:

  • Meet Dr When, our Timewarped host who will be roving around to help you navigate the evening and giving you some awesome time-travel tips.
  • Imagine Auckland Museum 2099! Join Magpie, our future museum curator and decide what you’ll put into our future museum.
  • Join Taoist Tai Chi society (1 Oct only) and ColourChina (5 and 7 Oct), as they share various forms of artistic movements through Chinese Dance and Tai Chi.
  • Meet Professor Sage, our 1940s teacher, who imagines what school in 2016 will be like. Is he right?
  • Play some traditional Pacific instruments with Tauraki, and then timewarp them using looping software to create your own funky beats.
  • What do you want your future Auckland to look like? Join Mariana from Archifun to help create a perfect future Tāmaki Makaurau.
  • Walk and interact with the Realms of TuuRongo - weapons and martial arts woven within origins of birdsong.
  • Make real music from cardboard instruments with help from those clever folks at The Mind Lab and a few computers! Join them to create amazing music on Makey Makey instruments.
  • Imagine if you were running for mayor in 2050. What would you do? Take a selfie in full regalia and tell us how you would change Auckland for the better.
  • Are you prepared for an eruption? Don’t panic; the unflappable Citizen Prepper will make sure you have right stuff in your getaway kit.
  • Come and meet Basil, our resident dinosaur, as we explore evolution – past and future, and find out what did happen to all those dinosaurs.
  • See how good you are at flying a plane while hanging out with Captain Flug in our slicked up Spitfire gallery.
  • Write a wish for peace and hang it on our Peace Tree in the Sanctuary.

What adult-children ratio do you recommend for the event?

We recommend one adult for a maximum of five kids, as this event is self-guided.

Are we allowed to bring food and drink?

No food or drink will be available on the night so bring your own supplies! 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. Please be aware of the following restrictions: The Kai Room is not a bookable space; food cannot be left unattended; candles on cakes cannot be lit anywhere in the building; no decorations, such as banners, party poppers or balloons can be used.

You can bring bottled water into the Museum galleries, but no food or other drinks are allowed.