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!

Don't take our word for it

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

Tickets

General Admission
REQUIRED BY ALL VISITORS

General Admission

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

INTERNATIONAL VISITORS
$28 Adult, $14 Child (5 - 13), Under 5 free 
$70 Family (2 Adults + 2 Children)
New Zealand visitors - Donations invited
Auckland Residents free with a MyMuseum card or proof of address.

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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
FAMILY (2 ADULTS + 2 CHILDREN) $80

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. 

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Gallery Highlights Tour

11AM & 1PM DAILY 
$20 ADULT, $10 CHILD (5 - 13), UNDER 5 FREE 
MEET AT TOUR BANNER, GRAND FOYER
 

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. 

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Incredible Rooftop Tour

10.15AM DAILY & SELECT TUESDAY EVENINGS AT 6.30PM
TUE 1 NOV - FRI 31 MAR

MEET IN THE GRAND FOYER
$30 PER PERSON, $27 PER MEMBER

Come up with us, hear the history and be amazed by the unbeatable views. Learn more about one of Auckland’s most beloved heritage buildings, while enjoying incredible panoramic views from the rooftop out over the Waitematā harbour, Mt Eden and beyond.

Throughout this 1 hour tour, you'll learn about the building, the people who work here and our place in the Domain from this unique vantage point.

Suitable for adults and children aged 11 and over. Each tour is limited to 10 people. Due to overwhelming demand, we have added more dates.

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Take in an exhibition

Our current major exhibition Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors and Heroes brings the antiquities of ancient Greece to Aotearoa New Zealand. Browse our full range of current and upcoming exhibitions here

The Photography of Olaf Petersen

Nature Boy

The Photography of Olaf Petersen

Award-winning Swanson photographer Olaf Petersen (1915-1994) spent a lifetime creating images of the outdoors, especially on the coast of West Auckland. Predominantly showcasing landscapes, Petersen’s images often include elements that cross the boundaries of nature and humanity, often including the presence of people in the frame. Seabirds and children feature on windswept sandhills and beaches, morning mists cling to trees as sunlight breaks through.

Discover New Zealand's unspoiled lands, and the charm of the inhabitants who reside among its rugged terrains. 

This exhibition is included in international visitors' admission charge. 

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Audio Guides
FREE

Audio Guides

You can use our 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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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 third 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.

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 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. 

 

TRAIN
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).

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 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 from 10AM – 2PM.

Qualmark Covid Clean Approved Auckland Museum

Qualmark Covid Clean Approved

We've recently received the Qualmark Covid Clean Approval.

This approval is bestowed by independent tourism assessors Qualmark, indicating Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland Museum is implementing health and hygiene measures to help protect against COVID-19, in accordance with government guidelines.

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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