Experience New Zealand Culture


Our doors are open daily. We'd love to welcome you in to share the culture of Aotearoa New Zealand.


One of Aotearoa New Zealand’s first museums, Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland Museum tells the story of New Zealand, its place in the Pacific and its people. 

With internationally significant Māori and Pacific collections to explore, Auckland Museum is a must-see place to experience our rich culture. 

Auckland Museum is housed in an historical building within a tranquil park which has beautiful views of the harbour. It is a place to discover and learn about New Zealand's history and stories.    

Since 1929, the Museum has also served as place of remembrance for the many Aucklanders who have sacrificed their lives in war. 

Whether you have an hour spare or a whole day, you will gain a deep understanding of New Zealand culture and heritage by visiting the iconic Auckland Museum!

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Thousands of locals and international visitors alike love us on TripAdvisor and Google Reviews. With reviews like this, it's understandable that Auckland Museum is the top ranked Museum in Auckland


General Admission

All visitors require General Admission tickets to explore our three floors of galleries.

$28 Adult, $14 Child (5 - 13), Under 5 free 
$70 Family (2 Adults + 2 Children)

Donations invited
Members and Auckland Residents free with a MyMuseum card, proof of address or Museum Membership card.

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Enhance your visit with a Māori Cultural Performance and a Guided Tour

Māori Cultural Performance 

11.15AM & 1.45PM DAILY
ADULT $30, CHILD (5 - 13) $15, UNDER 5 FREE

Experience a vibrant glimpse of Māori culture in an engaging performance culminating with a spine-tingling version of the world-famous haka. 

Take a lively journey through the story of Aotearoa New Zealand and Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. In this vibrant performance, you'll hear beautiful Māori songs, see the entertaining poi dance and learn about traditional Māori weapons. 

After the show, stick around and be sure to take the opportunity to meet, talk and take photos with members of the group. 

Please note: General Admission tickets are required in addition to Māori Cultural Performance tickets.

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Gallery Highlights Tour

$20 ADULT, $10 CHILD (5 - 13), UNDER 5 FREE 

With so much to see and discover in Auckland Museum’s galleries, where do you start?  

Our Gallery Highlights Tour is the perfect introduction to the Museum and its wonderful collections, giving you a window into New Zealand’s past and present. 

Over the course of an hour, you’ll be guided through our renowned Māori and Pasifika collections, giving you an understanding of Māori culture and the achievements of Polynesian navigators. Explore the unique natural history and geology of Auckland and Aotearoa New Zealand and look back on the conflicts that have shaped the nation.  

The tour covers all three floors of the Museum, and our guide will be happy to answer questions about collection items or galleries along the way. Let us show you around our place. 

Please note: General Admission tickets are required in addition to Gallery Highlights Tour tickets.

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Te Rā: Navigating Home

Te Rā: Navigating Home

Woven from harakeke likely over 200 years ago, Te Rā is the only known customary Māori sail in existence. This November we're welcoming Te Rā to Auckland Museum and two younger sibling sails made recently by Te Rā Ringa Raupā.

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Getting Here


Auckland Museum is situated in the picturesque Auckland Domain, a large park in central Auckland. 

The Museum can be easily reached from any part of the city, by car or public transport. It is a 30-minute walk or a 10-minute drive from the city centre. 

- The LINK Bus stops on nearby Parnell Road.
- Bus route 781 goes from Mission Bay to Newmarket and Auckland Museum via Ōrākei, every 30 minutes during peak hours. 

Auckland Museum is a 10-minute walk from Parnell station (Western and Southern lines), a 16-minute walk from Grafton Station (Western line), and an 18-minute walk from Newmarket Station (Western and Southern lines).

If you are driving, secure undercover paid parking is available. Enter from Maunsell Road, which is on the Newmarket side of the Domain. The carpark pay station accepts VISA, MasterCard, EFTPOS and cash up to $20 notes. This car park is under CCTV and security surveillance. 


Opening Hours


We're open every day except Christmas Day, December 25.

Auckland Museum & Museum Store

Open 10AM - 5PM weekdays, 9AM - 5PM weekends, school holidays and public holidays. Closed Christmas Day.

Open until 8.30PM every Tuesday evening for Twilight Tuesdays.

Food & Beverage

Tuitui Museum Bistro & Café - Open daily from 9AMOpen late for Twilight Tuesdays.

1929 Espresso Bar - Open daily until 4PM

Audio Guides

Audio Guides

You can use our free audio guides to dive further into the stories of Tāmaki Herenga Waka: Stories of Auckland, deepen your understanding of some of the precious taonga in our care, and see some of the Museum's collections through the lens of LGBTTIQ+ communities. These tours can be completed at your own pace and are accessed from your own smartphone.

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Visitor Guides

Visitor Guides

Download a free copy of our visitor guide in your preferred language. Choose from 11 languages including:

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Chinese (Traditional)
  • Chinese (Simplified)
  • Russian
  • French
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Portuguese
  • German

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Tamaki Herenga Waka Gallery

Take a closer look

From expansive audio-visual experiences reaching back through millennia to individuals telling their specific stories of place, Tāmaki Herenga Waka Stories of Auckland, our four brand-new galleries, introduces you to our region and its people.

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Qualmark Gold award recipient Auckland Museum

Proud to be a Qualmark Gold recipient

We're honoured to have been awarded a Qualmark Gold Award, for the fourth year running.

This award is the highest honour bestowed by independent tourism assessors Qualmark, indicating Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland Museum as meeting the highest standards for tourism in New Zealand.