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Celebrate Pride at your Museum

Pride 2021

Celebrate Pride at your Museum


On 25 March, Auckland Museum will be shining its rainbow colours into the night in celebration of Pride (postponed). After Hours at the Museum is a social event for those who like something a little different. So, join us for a sophisticated evening of music and good company set against the backdrop of our stunning Museum galleries.

Purchase two tickets and receive a third ticket free!

Because more is merrier, we are sharing the love with this special ticket offer so you can bring another friend along to join in the fun.

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Giveaways galore!

To celebrate Pride we’re giving away some spot prizes on the night, including tickets to upcoming events including our LIVE at the Museum music events, our Incredible Rooftop Tour and Secret Museum Tour. And if that wasn’t enough we’ll tempt you with two annual $50 Museum Member memberships, which include unlimited entry to all our ticketed exhibitions, and lots more! We’ll even have a couple of bar tabs up for grabs on the night too. 

Prizes will be given for the most fabulous outfits, best karaoke diva, random door prizes, and just generally just being your whole selves.

Make a grand entrance

The stylish Grand Foyer is the focal point for the evening with its towering columns bathed in alluring lights. Wine, beer, cocktails and a special menu will be available for purchase within easy reach. Bring your whole self and relax alongside our affable hosts from the LGBTTIQ+ community.

An evening of musical delights will begin with the debonair Andy Keys on piano, followed by special appearances by Broadway and West End star, Hayden Tee, whose dazzling voice will fill the Grand Foyer with show-stopping numbers.

As the evening draws later, Brazilian-born DJ, Marjorie Sinclair will tempt you onto the dance floor with some chilled tunes. 

The Museum’s public galleries will be open for you to explore, so make the most of strolling through our specially lit spaces without the crowds. For a more intimate experience, you can visit our Champagne Snug, and sip amongst the dinosaurs.

There'll also be special tours around stories of our rainbow community in our newly-opened Tāmaki Herenga Waka gallery. Simply sign up on the night if you are interested. 



Antipasto platter $35 (Vegetarian available)
Caramelised onion & mozzarella sourdough toastie $15
Chicken burrito $15 (Vegetarian / Vegan available)
Smoked beef nachos with cheese, salsas & guacamole $15 (Vegetarian / Vegan available) (G/F)

McLeods Longboarder & Tuitui Special Release $12
McLeods Northern Lights Lager $9 (2.5%)

Stoneleigh Wild Valley – Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Rose, Pinot Noir
Glass $10 or bottle $50
Makers Anonymous Prosecco bottle $50
Deutz Deutz Marlborough Cuvee NV 200ml bottle $14 or 750ml bottle $60
GH Mumm Brut Champagne bottle $110

Aperol Spritz $16
Mojito ​$16

Soft drinks $5

Make a night of it

If you’re going to be enjoying all the night has to offer, grab a cab or hop on public transport. We'll have a special collection/drop off point for taxis and ride share, to ensure you get home safely.

Auckland Museum celebrates the diversity of Aotearoa and as a Rainbow Tick certified organisation, we’re thrilled to partner with Auckland’s rainbow community to host this special After Hours event. Just remember, tickets will sell fast so book yours today. 

Entry on the night is via the Grand Foyer on the Northern side of the Museum (with the columns). The Museum Carpark on Maunsell Road will be available for paid parking during the event.

This event is suitable for fabulous adults aged 18 and over. 

This event was postponed from February's 2021 Auckland Pride Festival, due to Covid-19 Level 2 gathering restrictions.

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This event is part of the 2021 Auckland Pride Festival. See the full programme at

Frequently Asked Questions

+What is this?

After Hours at the Museum: PRIDE is a convivial event for those who like something a little different. It’s a free-range event where you can choose what you do and where you go. The Museum is your oyster.

We’ve got:

  • a stunningly lit venue that would make the Parthenon weep with jealously
  • a bar selling delectable food and beverages
  • a suave pianist to set the tone in the Grand Foyer
  • special guest appearances by a homegrown Broadway star
  • an amazing DJ to smash the decks
  • costumed hosts to make you feel at home
  • ‘carbon Dating’ in our Origins Gallery if you’re in the mood to seek a fun mini-date
  • ‘oral Stimulation’ conversation starters around the galleries – skip the small talk and share some realness with each other.
  • mini karaoke challenge - belt out your favourite diva
  • take our Queerseum audio tour – BYO ear buds
  • and a game show for brave souls who are up for a laugh – and willing to seek a partner in public! (You must pre-register for the chance to take part in this activity – we’ll pick contestants prior to the event)

+What's the timing?

7PM – Grand Foyer doors open
7PM – Pianist Andy Keys plays
7.30PM – Musical star Hayden Tee
7.45PM – Andy Keys resumes tinkling his ivories
8.30PM – Hayden Tee returns for an encore performance
9.45PM – DJ Marjorie Sinclair in the Grand Foyer
10:45PM – Last orders at the bar and DJ finishes
11:00PM – Event finishes. Good night. 

+How do we get into the Museum?

Please enter Auckland Museum via the Grand Foyer entrance on the north side of the building. If you park in the underground carpark, exit the carpark, then walk around to the front of the building.

+Will the entire Museum be open?

Yes, all the public galleries will be open from 7pm until just before closing time. Please note – no food and drink to be taken out of the Grand Foyer.

+Is this a seated event?

Not as such, but there will be opportunities for sitting in the Grand Foyer and throughout the galleries. Meandering and exploring are encouraged.

+What should I wear?

Whatever makes you feel comfortable – we’re not the clothes police. 

+What's there to eat and drink?

Our 1929 café will be open for you to purchase a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and shared plates.

While you can drink and eat till your heart’s content in the Grand Foyer, do remember that food and drink isn’t allowed in our gallery spaces. Pest control and all that.

+Can I bring my friend if they haven't booked?

We will have door sales with Eftpos only available on the night, if we don’t sell out prior.

+Is there a coat / bag check available?

Not as such, my dears, but we have new e-lockers where you can store your valuables. Check out the terms and conditions here. Otherwise leave your coats and your luggage at home; surely it’ll be a stunning Auckland evening.  

+Photography at the event

Please note that there will be photography for publicity and promotion purposes at this event. Please inform the photographer if you do not want your photo taken.

+How should we get there?

We recommend public transport. There is limited paid parking available in the Museum's underground car park - see here for full details on transport options and parking details. At the end of night, we'll have a special collection area set up for taxis and ride-share services to ensure you get home safely.

+Host responsibility

Please note intoxicated persons will not be admitted to this event. Any person who becomes intoxicated will not be served alcohol and will escorted off the premises. 

+I have another question...

Contact our bookings team at or 09 306 7048.