Glorious Greeks

Night at Auckland Museum

Glorious Greeks

MON 3, WED 5, THU 6, MON 10, WED 12 & FRI 14 OCT, 6PM - 8.30PM
Door sales subject to availability   


It’s time to go back to school - and back in time. 

For six special nights we’re transforming the classical columns of Auckland Museum into an ancient Greek academy where the whole family can join our cast of colourful actors to learn about the heroes and monsters, gods and goddesses, warriors and wise women behind the legends of this long-lost civilisation.

Your night begins with quick stroll through the amazing Ancient Greeks exhibition, then light your torch and make your way around the Museum’s darkened galleries, uncovering a multitude of mysteries and mythology at every turn. You’re bound to meet plenty of characters along the way, all with stories to tell, lessons to share, and challenges to complete!

Enrol in Athena’s Academy to study medicine with Hippocrates, learn how to tame mythological beasts with heroic Herakles and find out what life in Sparta was really like. You’ll get to sample the ‘delights’ of ancient Greek food, try your hand at the arts and fashion of the time, experience mythical stories brought to life, and much more. 

With two floors filled with fun activities, Night at Auckland Museum: Glorious Greeks brings the incredible history and mythology of this golden age back to life in a wonderful interactive experience for all ages. Come along in costume and be in to win spot prizes.

See if you can graduate at the end of the night with honours!

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Snapshots from Athena's Academy

Meet some of our colourful characters 

Frequently asked questions

+How do we get into the Museum?

Please enter Auckland Museum via the South Atrium entrance into Te Ao Mārama. Doors will open from 5.30PM, but the event does not begin till 6PM. 

+Will the car park be open?

Yes, there is limited parking in the Museum’s underground carpark. This will be open for the evening, at a special discounted rate of $10.00. The closure of the carpark will coincide with the end of the event. 

As usual there will be free parking up to 180 minutes around the Museum and the Domain. See here for full details on transport options and parking details. 

+Do we need to wear a mask?

Visitors aged 12 yrs 3 mths+ are required to wear a mask at all times within the Museum. Please refer to the Museum’s full Covid 19 policy here.

+How much is it?

Our tickets are the same price for both adults and children. Pre-sales are $35 each.

Member pre-sale tickets are $31.50. Door sales: $40 (subject to availability), Member door sales $36 (subject to availability).

Ticket price includes entry into our special exhibition, Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors and Heroes.

All bookings include a one-off fee of $3 per transaction.

+What age is it suitable for?

We believe there is something for visitors of all ages in this programme. The most suitable age group is between 6 and 12 years.

+What do we need to bring?

Torches! For safety reasons, we keep lights on low, but it will still be darker than usual in the galleries. A torch will help you navigate your way around and add to the fun.

+What should we wear?

Brave visitors to the Museum are encouraged to dress in ancient Greek costume (parents too!) and there will be spot prizes for the best costumes on the night.

It can get cold inside the Museum at night, so it’s best to bring layered clothing. And leave your high heels at home. Bags over 40cm x 15cm x 35cm must be checked into a self-service locker, which are located in Te Ao Mārama.  

+How does the evening progress?

Upon entering, you’ll be given a map/exam sheet. At 6PM, the event will begin with a short welcome to Athena’s Academy from the goddess herself. After that, you can use your map to begin exploring, and seeking out the characters and activities in your own time.

Although all our galleries are open, the Night at Auckland Museum: Glorious Greeks activities take place on the Ground Level and Level 1 only.

+Is it a guided tour?

No, you can explore at your own pace with your own group. Don’t forget to visit our special exhibition, Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors & Heroes, which will be open during the evening for exclusive viewing.

+What will I find around the Museum?

You’ll encounter over 12 different ancient Greek characters - from Gods to everyday people - who will teach you and your family about the life of ancient Greeks in a fun and fairly ludicrous way.

The characters will have stories to share and activities to engage in: some of these are craft activities, others are about ‘class’ participation. All audience participation is entirely optional, so please feel free to do as much or as little as you are comfortable with.  

+What adult-children ratio do you recommend for the event?

We recommend one adult for a maximum of four kids, as this event is self-guided. 

+Is the entire event accessible for those using wheelchairs/pushchairs?

Yes, all the evening’s activities can be accessed via lifts or ramps.

+Will I be able to take photos or videos during the evening?

Of course! Take lots of photos for memories of the event, but please try not to interfere with the activities taking place. 

+Are we allowed to bring food and drink?

You can bring bottled water with you, but no food or drinks are allowed in the Museum galleries.  

+Will there be food and drink for sale at the Museum?

Yes, our Tuitui Museum Bistro & Café will be open from 5.30PM, with the last orders being taken at 8PM, if you need to quench your thirst or fill your tummies. Please click here for menu options. 

We are also happy for you to BYO food to eat before the event starts. You can enjoy this in Puku Nui, our kai room, in Te Ao Mārama which will be open from 5.30PM. Please be a tidy kiwi and clean up after yourselves.