Hear our walls and windows talk.



Discover the stories and secrets of Auckland’s best-loved building.


What lies behind the door that has no key? Was there really a penthouse built on the top of the museum? And how did two warplanes end up on the top floor?

If you think you know your Museum, it’s time to take a second look.


Join us for a fascinating guided tour, spanning almost 100 years, from the early designs to the building you see today. Hear stories of the architects, discover what is inside the wall cavities, and learn how Auckland Museum has changed over the years. 


Book today and get ready to be surprised.



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Frequently asked questions


+Can my child come on this tour?

Children of all ages may join this tour, however it is most suitable for those aged 8+.

+How many people can attend this tour?

Each daily tour will be hosted by two curator-trained Museum Guides and there is a limit of 10 people per tour. 

+Where can I leave my belongings?

Tripods and bags with dimensions greater than 40cm (L) x 15cm (W) x 35cm (H) are prohibited in the galleries and must be checked into a self-service locker, which are located in the Grand Foyer, before starting your tour.

+Can I take photos and videos on the tour?

Of course, you can take as many photos and videos as you would like on the duration of your tour. 

+Is this tour suitable for wheelchairs and walking frames?

Yes, the tour is throughout the public spaces and galleries of the museum and is suitable for wheelchairs and walkers (there is no limit per tour).

+Where and when do we meet for this tour?

Please meet your tour guide in the Grand Foyer of the Museum under the Guided Tours banner, outside the Pacific Lifeways gallery, at 12.55PM. The tour will commence at 1.00PM sharp. 

+How long does the tour take?

The tour is 1 hour but please allow for some time before and after. Our guides are always willing to stay afterwards to answer any additional questions you may have.