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Weird & Wonderful

Look, Touch and Explore!

The Weird \u0026 Wonderful Discovery Centre.

The Weird & Wonderful Discovery Centre.

Welcome to the Weird & Wonderful Discovery Centre, our hands-on space for discovering the wonders of the natural world!

Visit the Weird & Wonderful gallery to look at and explore the thousands of collection items on display. Handle objects from our natural sciences collection, or have fun with our new digital interactives.

Got a curly question? Or want to touch and hold a collection item? Ask one of our friendly Weird & Wonderful visitor hosts.

Look out for our fun family programmes listed on the what's on event calendar.

At times, to accommodate Museum programmes, access to some parts of Weird & Wonderful may be restricted to booked school groups.

Weird & Wonderful gallery


Weird & Wonderful interactives

The Nest

Children can climb upstairs into our nest. Feel as comfy as a bird in this quiet space. Chat with a friend, learn about our handling objects or simply snuggle up with a book.


Be a scientist! Look at the Weird & Wonderful specimens and collection items using our microscopes. What can you see that you couldn't see before?


View a series of dioramas to learn about the habitats and characteristics of creatures in our living world. 

Collection wall

Ever wanted to hold a real bone? Want to see a dinosaur skull? The Weird & Wonderful gallery is home to some of the most amazing collections from across the living world. Ask a visitor host to touch and learn more about the treasures in our handling collection.

Discovery stations

Ever wondered about the creatures who live under the sea? Can you guess what you are touching? Look, touch and explore at our discovery stations.

Weird & Wonderful Discovery Trail

Find the 16 labels connected with some of Weird & Wonderful's most interesting exhibits and collections. Adventure around the gallery, open the doors and discover more!

Digital interactives

Weird & Wonderful and Auckland Museum is proud to host two digital interactives. 'Creature Cutouts', designed by Jenna Gavin and Mathew Martin, has been developed through the Digital Art Live Programme with the support of Auckland Live and Colab at AUT University. Our second interactive is 'Quiver' - an augmented reality experience featuring creatures that can be found in the Weird & Wonderful Gallery.

All children aged 13 and under must be accompanied at all times by an adult while inside the Museum and in Weird & Wonderful.


Weird & Wonderful school bookings

During the term we will host school groups as part of our education programme in the Weird and Wonderful gallery. At these times access to the central part of the space will be restricted. We welcome visitors either side of these times.

Last updated 10 December 2019

During the school holidays, there will be no classes in Weird and Wonderful.