With 100 years of history embedded in the walls, there are surprises around every corner.


Take a closer look at one of Auckland’s best-loved buildings, learn the stories you didn’t know and find out some of the Museum’s secrets. 

Hear stories of the architects, see what’s inside the wall cavities, and take a closer look at how Auckland Museum has changed over the years and how it’s structural treasures have been preserved.  

Have you ever wondered what the Museum looked like 90 years ago? You’ll finish up in the Library Reading Room to pore over early plans and photos of the Museum over the years, that are not usually accessible to the public. 

Join us on a guided tour of this classic, that started almost 100 years ago. Previously known as the Heritage Highlights Tour, the Hidden Heritage Tour shares the rich history of the Museum, from the early designs and construction, to the building you see today.


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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 or the Te Ao Mārama South Atrium, 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.

+Can I buy the photos and blueprints we saw in the Reading Room at the end of the Tour?

Yes, you can. Just contact our Library team on library@aucklandmuseum.com and they can help you purchase any of the photos or plans you in.