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Experience New Zealand Culture

 

Auckland Museum has reopened during Covid-19 Alert Level 2. At this time, the Māori Cultural Performance and the Highlights Guided Tours are not taking place. Entry to the Museum to explore our galleries and exhibitions is currently free for all visitors. Plan your Level 2 visit here

With daily Māori cultural performances and internationally significant Māori and Pacific collections to explore, the 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!

Don't take our word for it

Auckland Museum has a 4.5 star average review, from thousands of visitor reviews on TripAdvisor. With reviews like this, it's understandable that Auckland Museum is the top ranked Museum in Auckland

Options and Pricing

 

Auckland Museum has reopened during Covid-19 Alert Level 2. At this time, the Māori Cultural Performance and the Highlights Guided Tours are not taking place. Entry to the Museum to explore our galleries and exhibitions is currently free for all visitors. Plan your Level 2 visit here

 

General Admissions


International visitors - $25 Adult, $10 Child*, $60 Family**
New Zealand visitors - Donations invited
Auckland Residents - Free***

* Children: 6-14 years old, 5 years and under are free
** 2 Adults and up to 4 children
***Proof of address required      
 
 

Māori Cultural Performance

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

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

Performance times: 11am, 12pm,  1.30pm, (2.30pm*) 
* Available Nov to Mar.

Prices - excludes Museum entry
All visitors - $20 Adult, $10 Child*, $50 Family**
* Children: 6-14 years old, 5 years and under are free
** 2 Adults and up to 4 children

 

Guided Tours

Take a tour with one of our local guides as they share their knowledge with you. Hear about Aotearoa’s people and their place in the Pacific, the remarkable flora and fauna found from north to south, and the conflicts that have shaped the nation. You'll also find out about one of New Zealand’s finest heritage buildings, the Museum itself.

Tour times: 10.45am, (11.45am*), 12.45pm, 2.15pm. 
*Available Nov to Mar.

Prices - excludes Museum entry
All visitors - $15 Adult, $10 Child*, $40 Family**
Museum entry is required
* Children: 6-14 years old, 5 years and under are free
** 2 Adults and up to 4 children

Auckland Museum in 2 hours

Auckland Museum in 2 hours

Examine the stories and diversity of Māori and Pacific Island cultures (ground level)

Māori Court: See some of the most significant and beautiful Māori treasures (taonga) in the world, with over 1000 artefacts from around New Zealand including full sized buildings, and the last great Māori war canoe used in battle. 

Māori Cultural Performance (30 mins). Experience a vibrant glimpse of Māori culture in an engaging performance culminating with a spine-tingling version of the world-famous haka.

Pacific Masterpieces shows some of the most beautiful and important Oceanic art and artefacts in the world, ranging from delicate combs to ocean going canoes and from feathered cloaks to shields.

Pacific Lifeways: Displays the diversity of island communities across the Pacific and the common concepts and technologies that bind them across the vast reaches of that ocean.

Auckland Museum in 4 hours

Auckland Museum in 4 hours

Examine the stories and diversity of Māori and Pacific Island cultures (ground level)

Māori Court:  See some of the most significant and beautiful Māori treasures (taonga) in the world, with over 1000 artefacts from around New Zealand including, full sized buildings, and the last great Māori war canoe used in battle.
 
Māori Cultural Performance (30 mins). Experience a vibrant glimpse of Māori culture in an engaging performance culminating with a spine-tingling version of the world-famous haka.

Pacific Masterpieces shows some of the most beautiful and important Oceanic art and artefacts in the world, ranging from delicate combs to ocean going canoes and from feathered cloaks to shields

Pacific Lifeways: Displays the diversity of island communities across the Pacific and the common concepts and technologies that bind them across the vast reaches of that ocean.

Discover New Zealand’s unique Natural History – from geological origins, to ancient species like the moa, kiwi and tuatara.

Origins: Origins tells the story of our geological origins - how New Zealand split from Gondwana - and the origins of our unique animal and plant life.

Māori Natural History: Focuses on a body of knowledge called matauranga, which includes Māori scientific and technological knowledge and expertise.

Lands: Continuing the story which begins in the Origins Gallery, The Land Gallery displays the dramatic contrasts of New Zealand’s environment.

Volcanoes: This rare look at our turbulent geological home is an up close and personal examination of the scientific and human stories of volcanoes.

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. 

BUS

  • The Explorer Bus stops outside the Museum every 60 minutes (30 minutes Oct – Mar).
  • The LINK Bus stops on nearby Parnell Road.
  • Bus route 781 goes from Mission Bay to Newmarket and Auckland Museum via Orakei, every 30 minutes during peak hours. 

 

TRAIN
For train passengers, the Museum is a 5-minute walk from Parnell station (Western and Southern lines), a 10-minute walk from Grafton Station (Western line) and 15-minute walk from Newmarket Station (Western/Southern lines).
 

DRIVING AND PARKING
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 from 10am - 5pm every day of the year, except for Christmas Day.