Pop-Up 3D Cinema

We're currently relocating our Pop-Up 3D Cinema. We'll be back up and running soon, bringing you two amazing worlds in thrilling 3D. 

Check back on this page for session times and to book tickets.

$6 CHILD (5 - 13)
10% discount for Museum Members (excluding Family Pass)

Take your seat, put on your 3D glasses and take a trip into another dimension at our new 3D pop-up cinema.

Explore amazing worlds that wrap themselves all around you in a sensational sensory experience for all ages, starting with two awesome 3D films - David Attenborough's Museum Alive and Dinosaurs of Antarctica.

Our family-friendly 3D experience will be screening daily from 22 Dec, with extra sessions on Tuesday evenings for Twilight Tuesday.

Scroll down to see the movies, and everything you need to know to plan your visit.

Two 3D movies to see

Get more info here. Bookings will open soon.

Volcanoes: The Fires of Creation

Volcanoes: The Fires of Creation

Volcanoes: The Fires of Creation is a tale of science, culture, and thrilling adventure. Earth is a planet born of fire. For billions of years, volcanoes have helped forge the world we know.

Join intrepid explorer Carsten Peter, dodge boulders at the edge of an active volcano in Indonesia, descend to a lava lake in Vanuatu and visit incredible acid ponds, geysers and mineral deposit fields in Ethiopia. Travel across the globe to see the archeological ghost town of Pompeii, hydrothermal vents at the bottom of the ocean and witness the devastating effects of the 2018 Kilauea eruption in Hawaii.

You'll be on the edge of your seat as you discover molten worlds and exploding craters in this adrenaline-filled, immersive 3D experience.

This film has a run time of 20 minutes.

Dinosaurs of Antarctica

Dinosaurs of Antarctica

From the Permian through the Jurassic, journey to the south polar landscapes of Antarctica hundreds of millions of years ago. Roam the primitive forest and thick swamps with bizarre dinosaurs and colossal amphibians. Enter a surreal world of bug-eyed giants and egg-laying mammals – where survival means enduring the sunless, six-month polar winter surrounded by meat-eaters with night vision. Join intrepid Antarctic scientists on a quest to understand the ice continent’s profound transformation over deep time -- investigating the parallels and differences between prehistoric climate events and human-triggered warming today. Welcome to the lost prehistoric world of Gondwana…  


This film has a run time of 20 minutes.

Plan your visit

Everything you need to know


+Venue and Meeting Point

Museum Movies has popped up Under the Dome, atop the Museum. Make your way to the Imaginarium on Level 1, and follow signage to the meeting point. You'll be escorted from there by our team.
Please arrive no later than 30min ahead of your scheduled film screening time.

+Meet 30min early

Out of respect for other movie-goers, late-comers won't be admitted. Auckland Museum can get busy, especially on weekends and in school holidays. Please allow plenty of time to arrive, including to find a carpark if you're driving. Please be at the meeting point on Level 1 no less than 30 mins ahead of the start time of your movie screening.

+No refunds or exchanges

No refunds and/or exchanges are permitted for latecomers or no-shows. Where non-admittance has been due to a clear fault or cancellation by the Museum, then transfers to another available session can be made where capacity is available.

+Entry and parking 

Parking is available in the underground Museum carpark; the first 30 minutes are free. All pop-up cinema ticketholders are encouraged to allow plenty of time to arrive at the Museum, especially in case of rain and during peak periods and weekends. Onsite parking can be very limited especially during the weekends and on public holidays. Finding your way to the Pop-up cinema meeting point on Level 1 will also take some time.

+Health, Safety and Wellbeing

This film is a 3D experience requiring patrons to wear 3D cinema glasses. Seeing 3D movies can for some people create symptoms of nausea, motion sickness and/or visual disorientation. 

+Recommended age

This experience is better suited to those aged 5+, as the 3D glasses are provided in one size only. Smaller children may sit on the lap of a caregiver at no cost provided they cause no disruption to other patrons.

+Caregivers/ chaperones

One adult caregiver per child or family group is required to attend throughout the session to chaperone and join in the fun.

+No food or drink allowed in the cinema

To keep our taonga safe from pests, no food or drink is permitted in the cinema space. You’re welcome to consume any food and drink bought from home in the Kai Room on the ground floor.

+General admission seating

Seating is not allocated so we recommend arriving early to choose your preferred seat.

+Wheelchair access

Our venue is wheelchair accessible. On the booking page you'll be asked if anyone in your group uses a wheelchair, so that our team can do their best to seat you all together. If you require more than 3 wheelchair seats please contact our bookings team on 09 306 7048

+No recording in the cinema

Strictly no recording devices are permitted within the pop-up cinema. No audio and/or video recording of any film is permitted at any time. 

+General Admission required in addition to cinema ticket

General Admission is required in addition to cinema tickets. General Admission is FREE for Auckland residents with a MyMuseum or Membership card or proof of address, or by donation for those from the rest of New Zealand. International visitors are required to purchase General Admission tickets. These can be added to your cart when you purchase your cinema tickets.