Auckland Museum to reopen Mon 25 May

14 MAY 2020

We’re excited to let you know that our doors will reopen on Mon 25 May. We can’t wait to welcome you back then.

We’re working on putting all of the advised Government guidelines into practice ahead of reopening. You’ll find your visit will be a little different to the last time you were here, to keep you safe as you explore our taonga. 

You’ll once again be able explore the galleries and experience the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition from the Natural History Museum in London, which has been extended for a limited time. 

We’ll be taking precautions, such as: 
•    Contactless, controlled entry 
•    One way traffic flows through the Museum
•    Physical distancing and limited visitor numbers

Together with the Kai Room, the popular Weird and Wonderful and Volcanoes galleries will not open at Level 2 due to the high touch interactive nature of these spaces. This is a temporary safety measure and the Museum hopes to return to regular operations as soon as possible. 

The health and wellbeing of our visitors, volunteers and staff remains our top priority.

We will update this page with further information as soon as we can, so that you’re able to plan your visit. 

6 MAY 2020

While we remain committed to the importance of international special exhibitions to help us bring the world to Auckland, in the short term it’s been necessary for us to revise our International Special Exhibition Programme. This means that Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors and Heroes from the British Museum due to open in July will be postponed. We are continuing to work with our exhibition partners and we are looking forward to announcing new dates when we are able.

However, we are excited to confirm that the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, direct from the Natural History Museum in London and currently on at Auckland Museum, will be extended beyond its planned run, giving Aucklanders who may have missed out through Alert Levels 3 and 4 the opportunity to explore these stunning wildlife images. 

We look forward to reopening to the public when the time is right. We will be making sure that when we do, we can open safely, and in line with all the Government’s social distancing requirements.

Keep an eye on our website, our Facebook and our Instagram for more announcements on this and other events and exhibitions.

While the doors to the Museum are closed, the doors to our collections and stories are always open for exploration 24/7 at the Auckland Museum at Home online hub.



A letter from David Gaimster, Chief Executive of Auckland Museum


22 APR 2020

Kia ora tatou, 

The founders of modern Auckland recognised the essential contribution of museums to the establishment and enrichment of civic life. Auckland Museum was one of the fledgling city’s first public buildings, opening to the public in a disused farm building in 1852, and growing rapidly to require a purpose-designed building on Princes Street by 1876. 

The present-day Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum was opened in the aftermath of WWI and at the height of the Great Depression, largely thanks to public subscription. In 2020 that role as a social anchor remains fundamentally unchanged.

While for the moment our doors are closed, we invite you and your friends and whanau to discover Auckland Museum at Home – a unique resource which shares the stories of the collections of this city and beyond.

We want to encourage you to think about the future beyond Covid-19 that we will shape together by sharing with you how our fellow human beings faced challenges in the past and how they have prevailed. 

Our curators are actively recording and collecting the social and material culture of the lockdown experience for future investigation, exhibition and public debate.
With international travel restricted for the foreseeable future, the role of Auckland Museum in bringing the world to Auckland becomes even more important. 

Since its foundation, the Museum has enabled Aucklanders to access world human and natural cultures. In 1878 the Museum ordered 33 casts of classical statuesfor the art education of local citizens. Today Discobolus (the Discus Thrower) stands above the North Entrance of the Museum, our longest-serving exhibit. We remain committed to bringing a wide range of international cultural and natural history exhibitions to the city, activating not only excitement and visitation amongst our local audiences but also stimulating new connections and dialogues between collections separated by history and national borders.

Auckland Museum is closed. Our re-opening will signal the gradual beginnings of a return to normality. When it is safe to do so, we will be amongst the first visitor attractions to welcome back our public and the communities we serve. When we do, I am confident we will spark hope, connectedness and, like all great museums, renewed curiosity about the world in which we live - its past, its present and, most critically, its future.

24 MAR 2020

Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum is closed to the public for four weeks in step with our county’s efforts to limit the transmission of the COVID-19 Coronavirus. 

While our doors are shut, you can still experience Tāmaki Paenga Hira from home at our Auckland Museum at Home online hub filled with activities, videos, games and puzzles for the whole family to enjoy for free as well as the inspiring stories of our Museum, its collections and people.  Connect with us on Facebook or Instagram to get the latest updates.
Nothing is more important to us than the health and well-being of our visitors, people and communities and we look forward to welcoming you back as soon as we are safely able to do so.
Please take care of yourselves and each other. He waka eke noa, we are all in this together