Auckland Museum is temporarily closed

Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum is closed to the public for four weeks in step with our county’s efforts to limit the transmission of the COVID-19 Coronavirus. Find out more

This event has been cancelled.

This difficult decision has been made in order to help protect our communities from the spread of COVID-19. We are sorry for any inconvenience. Find out more


If you have already booked tickets, we will be issuing a full refund automatically within the next five working days.


Image of a small inflatable boat filled with people beside an iceberg


Few are fortunate enough to travel to Antarctica. Even fewer experience what it is like to live there. That's all about to change. Transport yourself to a world of ice and snow through the wonder of virtual reality, and explore a day in the life of Australian Antarctic scientists as they research this mysterious continent. 

With 360-degree camera control and stunning 4K, high-resolution vision, you'll see first-hand the work that goes into understanding climate change, managing ecosystems, researching sustainability, and conserving wildlife.

Along the way you'll:
• Explore Antarctica from a helicopter cockpit, even landing on glaciers.
• Discover the resident penguin colony and see the new chicks.
• Explore Davis Station and logistics that go into surviving the harsh Antarctic conditions.
• View the spectacular Southern Lights in high definition.

On now for a limited time only! 

Please note: The Antarctica VR experience lasts for 21 minutes. Please allow 45 minutes from the start of your session to the end to account for walking to and from the room, and a safety demonstration. During the experience you will be fitted with a VR headset and over the ear headphones.

Note: Not recommended for children 6 and under, people with certain medical conditions; glasses can be worn under the headset, but the focus cannot be adjusted. All children 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult. As this is a limited size experience, a ticket must be purchased for admittance into the venue. A GA Museum ticket must be purchased to buy a ticket to attend this event, if you live in Auckland your museum ticket is complimentary. Please ensure you arrive at least 15 minutes before the start time. If you are late, the ticket/s will automatically be forfeited, or transferred to another session on the same day, subject to availability.

Please read the health and safety notice before you book.

Hear what our visitors have to say about the experience

The Antarctica VR Experience is proudly presented by White Spark Pictures, the Western Australian Museum, ScreenWest, Lotterywest, Australian Antarctic Program, Screen Australia and DNEG.