When you can’t make a trip to the Museum, take the kids on a virtual visit with us and brighten up their day with something a little different. We have interactive games, videos and downloadable activities that help to make learning fun. Come and explore online!  

Discover the wonders of Ancient Egypt
For the kids

Discover the wonders of Ancient Egypt

Learn about the Ancient Egyptians that lived 5,000 years ago! Unwrap their treasures and secrets in our Treasures & Tales video, take our fun Ancient Egypt quiz and learn to write in hieroglyphics.

LET'S GO!

All about volcanoes
FOR THE KIDS

All about volcanoes

Do you know your magma from your lava? Watch a recording of our recent Treasures & Tales online: Volcanoes of Auckland live session, plus a bunch of other volcanoes videos. Test your volcano knowledge in a fun quiz.

Go

Sea Monsters at your place
FOR THE KIDS

Sea Monsters at your place

The Sea Monsters exhibition may have ended, but you can go on a journey of discovery via this page of Sea Monsters activities, videos and more.

dive in!

Native plant activities

 

Impress your friends by becoming an expert on Aotearoa's native plants with these fun activities! 

BioBingo: Auckland plants
ACTIVITY

BioBingo: Auckland plants

While you’re out and about in your neighbourhood, see if you can spot these plants commonly found around Tāmaki Makaurau.

 

BINGO!

Native plant crossword
ACTIVITY

Native plant crossword

Test your knowledge of Aotearoa's native plants in this cool crossword.

Adults! We've also created a crossword for you (download).

DOWNLOAD

Thank you to Ewen Cameron, Ricky-Lee Erickson, Bernice Moore, Ruby Moore, Dhahara Ranatunga, Tom Rowlands, Mereana Taungapeau and Robert Vennell for helping create our native plant crosswords.

Treasures & Tales online: The Insect World

Watch this recording of our recent Tūhura Taonga ā tuihono: Te Aitanga a Pēpeke te reo Māori learning session.

He weriweri rawa,
He Mīharo rawa,
He paku rawa te nuinga o ēnei taonga tino whakahirahira o te taiao.

Tūhuratia te ao o te Aitanga ā-Pēpeke. Me wānanga tātou katoa he aha ētahi o ōna uri kua kitea? Me pēhea ēnei ngārara e tiaki ana i te taiao me tātou anō hoki?
Koinei ngā tino pātai ā ngā Mātai rapu ngārara.

Which Auckland Museum animal are you?

 

Are you a cave-dwelling insect with powerful legs, or a large-eared nomad with a very long nose? Perhaps you’re an apex predator with a very lovely name, or a giant bird with three funny toes?

The only way to find out is to take our super fun quiz!

How much do you know about dino discoverer, Joan Wiffen?

 

It was once a widely held belief that dinosaurs never existed in Aotearoa. After all, our Island nation is isolated at the bottom of the world. But self-taught palaeontologist, Joan Wiffen proved that theory wrong, discovering dinosaur bones for the first time in Aotearoa in 1975.

Learn about Joan and test your knowledge on her in the quiz below.

 

Light trapping moths
KIDS ACTIVITY

Science at home

Light trapping moths

Catching moths is a very easy and fun thing to do. I got the idea from a work trip my mum [Auckland Museum Collection Manager (Land Fauna) Ruby Moore] took me to, they had a big sheet and a torch and you could get a container to get anything you wanted. It was like a supermarket full of wonderful moths.

At home it is easy to set up your own light trap. All you need is a clear outside space (decks are perfect for it), a strong torch, a white sheet, and the ability to stay up late. I set up my own moth trapping during lockdown, and when I first laid out the sheet and turned the light on it was only a few minutes before a moth landed on the sheet. We saw Scopula rubraria, and Capua intractana moths as well as lots of other night-time insects. Luckily my mum had lots of containers to put them in for taking photos.

Moths in the city must be very confused because of the artificial lights which they think are moons: “How many moons are there in this city?”

By Bernice Moore, Citizen Scientist

You asked, we answered!

We put out a call for Kiwi kids to submit their burning questions about Auckland Museum. We received queries about everything from dinosaurs to war memorial to natural science. Here are our curators' replies to some of those tough questions.

Mana Aotūroa: Fast facts about whales

Explore 3D models of our collection

Explore 3D models of our collection

Get up close, zoom in, spin them round. Animals, skulls, bones and more!

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