Exclusive tours of our offsite collection facility

Have you ever wondered what happens to collection items if they are not on display? How are they stored and cared for? Join us for a rare chance to explore your Museum's offsite storage facility.

Tour the stores: Behind the scenes of Auckland Museum

Tour the stores: Behind the scenes of Auckland Museum

SUN 23 JUN, 10AM & 11AM
TUE 25 JUN, 10AM & 11AM

Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum tells the story of Aotearoa New Zealand, its place in the Pacific and its people. The Museum building is one of Auckland's iconic landmarks and is home to millions of objects, but not all of these are on display.

Join us for a rare chance to explore our offsite storage facility, Manu Tāiko, where many of our taonga are cared for. On this exclusive tour, guided by members of our Collection Care teams, discover how your Museum looks after its varying collections, keeping them safe for generations to come while also contributing to ongoing research and development with our communities.

Discover what goes on behind the scenes of your Museum. Book your tickets today.

Book now

About Manu Tāiko

About Manu Tāiko

In Māori whakatauki, the Manu Tāiko is the sentry bird that stands watch at the edge of a flock, the kaitiaki of the forest and nest. The Museum named its storage facility Manu Tāiko as a reflection of our obligation to respect and care for the objects and people that would be situated there. As a purpose-built collection and storage facility, Manu Tāiko has been designed to maintain the essential functional requirements for museum storage while also meeting the highest standards of modern best practice.

Terms & Conditions

Terms & Conditions

  • Numbers are strictly limited 20 people per tour.
  • Participants must be 18+ years of age, and be able to walk and stand unassisted for the duration of the event. Due to the location and staircases, wheelchairs, walking frames and prams are not permitted.
  • As this is an active worksite and conservation space, the temperature is maintained at 20 degrees. Please dress appropriately (no loose clothing) and wear comfortable closed toe footwear (no jandals/sandals or open toe shoes).
  • Transportation will be provided and is included in your ticket price, departing from and returning to Auckland Museum.
  • Please arrive 20 minutes prior to departure, tours will leave strictly on time. Allow approximately 2 hours for the whole experience.


Further information regarding the tour will be shared prior to the event with those who have purchased tickets.

Not a Museum Member?

Join today from $60

Unlimited free entry to all paid exhibitions, discounted event tickets and exclusive Member only events. There are three options to explore. 

See options

Membership Card