ADULTS $45, MEMBERS $41.50


The nights are getting colder but it's heating up inside the Museum

Due to COVID restrictions, Mingle at the Museum: Spring Fling had to be postponed until it was safe for Cupid to return to the office. We are pleased to finally announce a new date: Monday 23 May. If you're already a ticket holder, your existing ticket will remain valid for the new date.


Special Guest
A bonus of our new Mingles dates is that you'll be able to get up close to one of the rarest, most complete T. rex skeletons in the world. This very rare guest is one of only four black T. rex skeletons ever found. He'll be keeping a careful watch over the evening's proceedings, and in his honour, our Mingles has a new theme - the Birds and the Beasts. It's going to be wild. 


New faces, new places.
There’s no cooler place to meet someone special than the Museum, especially with our latest additions. Start the evening with drinks and nibbles at Tuitui, our new bar and bistro in Te Ao Mārama, the Museum’s stunningly refurbished South Atrium. One of Auckland’s top DJs, Jarom Hall will be spinning the decks and our legendary team of "icebreakers" will be working the room, getting the conversation flowing, along with the bubbles.


Hit it off with someone? 
If things are looking promising, take it to the next stage with a stroll through our beautifully lit galleries. There’ll be plenty to chat about on our romantically-themed scavenger hunt and your ticket gives you unlimited access to the Museum after hours. 


Fancy a bit on the side?
There'll be plenty going on throughout the evening, like our fun, speed-dating game over in the Museum’s Kai Room, rebranded as ‘The Birds and the Beasts Room’, on the far side of the South Atrium. Our hosts will pair you up and you'll have 5 minutes to get to know each other - with fun challenges to complete while you chat.


And yes, our Blind Date game is back! Register to be a contestant when you purchase your ticket and we’ll be in touch with more details closer to the time - remember, you can always opt out. This time we’ll be including audience participation for spot prizes, so everyone can be a winner, baby.


Mingle at the Museum is a night of fun for everyone and tickets always sell out fast!

To ensure a good mix at the event, please purchase a ticket that honestly reflects your gender identity (please do not purchase other gender tickets if your gender is sold out).


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Food and beverage

Food and beverage

The Tuitui Museum Bistro & Café will be open for service with a bar and food items available for purchase on the night.

Find a date by the dinosaurs or flirt over fossils. Maybe even meet your match by the moa.

Are you game for our Blind Date game show?


A highlight of our last Mingle at the Museum event, the Blind Date game show is back by popular demand. This is for brave souls willing to seek a partner in public!

Those who are keen must pre-register for the chance to take part in this activity, and we’ll be in touch with more information. Simply select 'yes' when asked if you'd like to take part, when you're purchasing your ticket. 

This event is suitable for adults aged 18 and over. 

The entrance to this evening's event is via Te Ao Mārama South Atrium.

If you are parking in the underground carpark, come up the internal carpark stairs into Te Ao Mārama South Atrium. Parking is available in the underground Museum Carpark – the first 30 minutes are free.

Frequently asked questions


+What is this?

Mingle at the Museum – The Birds and the Beasts is a light-hearted convivial singles 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.

We've got:
• A bar selling food and beverages,
• DJ to set the tone in the Te Ao Mārama, 
• Special messengers to deliver analogue messages in real time,
• A romantically themed scavenger throughout the Museum, and access to our galleries. Plus you can come face to face with our guest of honour Peter the T. rex.
• The Birds and the Beasts Room – managed introduction in our rebranded Kai Room, where couples will have a short time to get to know each other while completing timed challenges,
• A game show for brave souls willing to seek a partner in public! (You must pre-register for the chance to take part in this activity – click YES for the Blind Date show option when you buy your ticket and we’ll be in touch with more information.

+How should we get there?

We recommend public transport. There is limited paid parking available in the Museum's underground car park, the first 30 minutes is free. See here for full details on transport options and parking details.  Please ensure you have plans to get home safely. We’ll have taxis on call for you – just approach a host if you need help. 

+Is this a speed-dating event?

There will be speed-dating in our Kai Room where our hosts will put you in pairs and you'll have 5 short minutes to get to know each other just a little. Take the pressure off by completing fun challenges while you chat. For those after a less structured evening, there are plenty other free-range activities for you to get involved in.

+Are the activities compulsory?

Not at all – you can opt in and out as you feel comfortable. 

+How will I know who is single and what they are looking for?

We’ll have badges for you to wear that will include your name and which gender you are interested in. The sticker system is meant as a fun option – you don’t need to out yourself to all the other guests if you don’t want to. 

+Will the entire Museum be open?

Yes, all the public galleries will be open from 7pm until just before closing time. Don't forget to stop by Peter the T. rex, our very special, very scary guest of honour. Please note – food and drink can only be consumed in the Te Ao Mārama South Atrium and other limited areas. Please refer to signage on the night.


+Is this a seated event?

Not as such, but there will be opportunities for sitting in Te Ao Mārama South Atrium and throughout the galleries. Meandering and exploring is encouraged. 

+Is there an age range?

Who are we, the age police? We don’t want to restrict the possibilities, so if you’re over 18 you are most welcome.

+What's the timing?

7:00PM - Doors open and so do the bars! 
7:30PM - Live DJ music in Te Ao Mārama South Atrium
8:30PM - Blind Date game show – come and support our pre-selected contestants as they try to find their perfect match
9:30PM - More live DJ music until 10:30PM
11:00PM - Event closes

+Food & Beverages

A selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, hot chips, antipasto platters, pizza and fried chicken, will be available for purchase.

While you can drink and eat till your heart’s content in Te Ao Mārama South Atrium, and a few other selected spaces, do refer to our onsite signage to guide you. Food and drink generally aren’t allowed in our gallery spaces. Pest control and all that. 

+Is there a coat / bag check available?

We have electronic self-service lockers in Te Ao Mārama South Atrium, in which you can store your bags and coats, payable by electronic transaction only.  

+What should I wear?

Whatever makes you feel comfortable – but hey, why not dress to impress? It’ll make it more spesh. 

+Can I come if I'm not single?

In the spirit of the event we encourage singles, but if your favourite wingperson is not single, of course they are still welcome.

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

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

+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.

+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.
Likewise, if you approach somebody and they aren’t interested, be courteous and back away, or likewise you may be prematurely jettisoned from this event. Keep it clean, ladies and gentlemen!

+Rules of Engagement

• Remember, a singles night isn’t just about finding ‘the one’. It’s an opportunity to make new friends and have a fun time. 
• Don’t be afraid to approach someone for a chat. 
• Be kind. Everyone here tonight is a human being with feelings. Take the time to get to know people. 
• Put your phone away – be in the moment. 
• Our friendly ‘icebreakers’ are here to assist if you need an introduction. 
• If you approach somebody and they aren’t interested, be courteous and back away, or likewise you may be prematurely jettisoned from this event. Keep it classy, folks!

+I have another question...

Contact our bookings team at or 09 306 7048


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