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Grand Foyer

150 seated dining | 300 standing cocktail | 100 theatre

For elegant cocktail parties, gala dinners and awards

Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tāmaki Paenga Hira.

The Grand Foyer at a glance:

  • Seats 150 for dinner, 300 for standing cocktails
  • Lend an air of elegance to your special event

Built in 1929, a time known for grandeur and luxury, the Grand Foyer's majestic neo-classical design means you'’ll need little decoration. Beautiful stonework, soaring columns, spectacular stained-glass, and led-lights create an inspirational backdrop to any event.

You and your guests can also explore the Museum after hours, with private tours of the galleries or a performance from our Māori cultural performers. Unique gifts for your guests are available from the Museum Store.

Unique events in the Grand Foyer

View floor plans and 3D tour

When is the venue available?

The Grand Foyer is a public space during the day, but is available for evening events 7 days a week, 364 days a year (closed Christmas day). You may set up from 5.15pm on the day of your event. We recommend that your guests arrive no earlier than 6.30pm.

The Museum must be cleared of all guests and staff by 2am, so we suggest finishing your event by midnight.

How much does it cost?

The Grand Foyer venue hire fee is $4,000 (excluding GST). 

Professional cleaning, furniture removal and reinstate, and security host charges also apply and are excluded from the above price. Please contact us for further details.

Make an enquiry today

Our professional events team can assist you in delivering a seamless event in a venue your guests will not forget.

To discuss your event at Auckland Museum, please phone us on +64 9 302 9765, or via email by completing the form below.

Grand Foyer


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