Feed your lifelong curiosity with an Auckland Museum Institute Membership with exclusive access to inspirational lectures on contemporary research, science, literature and history. 


Welcome to the Auckland Museum Institute

Welcome to the Auckland Museum Institute

Established in 1867, the Auckland Museum Institute is a facilitator of lifelong learning and knowledge sharing, engaging their member audiences through premium lecture programmes and events, in support of the Museum and its endeavours. For more than 150 years, the Auckland Museum Institute (or AMI) has played an important role in the governance of the Museum. The Institute appoints four members to the Museum Trust Board and is also the Auckland Branch of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

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A journey of discovery

A journey of discovery

Your AMI Membership provides you with a chance to experience and understand the Museum’s taonga in a way shared only by a few. For just $75 per year, you’ll receive exclusive exhibition previews and invites to after hours events, such as Café Scientifique and Museum Medals. You’ll also have access to the Museum’s curatorial team and Director through annual talks and tours.   

See it first, and see it free!

Brickman Awesome: Epic LEGO® Brick Creations

See it first, and see it free!

As a Museum Member, you’ll receive unlimited free entry to our paid exhibitions, starting with Brickman Awesome: Epic LEGO® Brick Creations, on show from Thu 3 Dec. Become a Member now, and you’re also invited to our exclusive Members-only preview day before the brand new exhibition opens to the public, on Wed 2 Dec. As a Member, you’ll be able to visit this awesome exhibition as many times as you like, for free! 

Remember to add on Friends & Whānau passes when you sign up, if you’d like to bring others along to the exhibition with you. 

Book now for the Exclusive Members’ Preview day on Wed Dec 2.

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Get exclusive discounts at Rialto Cinemas

Get exclusive discounts at Rialto Cinemas

As a Museum Member, you’ll receive $12.50* movie tickets at Rialto Cinemas on every night of the week, including Friday and Saturday. Just show your Membership card at the Cinema to book your tickets.

*Valid on presentation of your Museum Membership card in cinema only. Not available to purchase online. Excludes Beyond Film, alternate content, film festivals, special events and screenings. 3D tickets are $15.50. One discount per session per person who presents their Museum Membership card.  

Full benefits of an Auckland Museum Institute Membership


  • Unlimited free entry to paid special exhibitions 
  • Free General Admission
  • Exclusive exhibition previews and after hours events
  • Invitations to regular curatorial talks or behind the scenes tours
  • Guided highlights tour of the Museum for up to two people
  • Invitations to Hochsetter and Lucy Cranwell lectures
  • Invitations to special institute events including Café Scientifique and Museum
  • Medals Gala Evening
  • 10% discount on food and beverage at the Museum cafés
  • 10% discount at the Museum Store 
  • Discounts on films at Rialto Cinemas
  • Discounted or free parking at selected Membership events 
  • Priority booking and/or discounts for selected Museum events
  • Annual Director’s presentation and Museum update
  • Exclusive AMI email newsletter (quarterly)
  • Monthly Membership email newsletters
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Add up to three Friends & Whānau passes to your Membership

Add up to three Friends & Whānau passes to your Membership


Add up to three Friends & Whānau passes for $25 each when you sign up online or purchase at the Museum, for our Museum Member or Auckland Museum Institute Membership types. Tautoko Members automatically receive three Friends & Whānau passes included with their Membership. Friends & Whānau passes are valid in conjunction with your annual Membership, and they are loaded onto your Membership card; separate cards are not issued.


  • Free General Admission
  • Unlimited free entry to all exhibitions
  • Exclusive exhibition previews and after hours events
  • Access to regular talks or behind the scenes tours


The pass does not provide friends and family with access to discounts and they do not receive Member emails and updates.

Your friends and family must accompany you to be able to share in your privilege.

Your Membership Welcome

Your Membership Welcome

Your new Membership pack will be mailed to you or you can pick it up next time you visit the Museum. Along with your distinctive Membership card, there is a small thank you gift from us inside.

Please contact us with any Membership enquiries. 

If your Membership enquiry needs immediate attention, please contact our Membership team on +64 9 306 7923 during office hours or email institute@aucklandmuseum.com.


Following are some upcoming Members' events including Auckland Museum Institute events, which you'll be welcome to attend if you become an Auckland Museum Institute Member. As a Member, you'll receive a 10% discount on all general Auckland Museum events also. View all Members' events here

Members only
WED 2 DEC, 10AM - 5PM

Free for Museum Members

Exclusive Members’ Preview: Brickman Awesome: Epic LEGO® Creations

Love LEGO®? As a Museum Member, see our brand new exhibition before anyone else, at our exclusive Members' Preview day.


$75 per adult, $67.50 per Member, group discounts apply

After Hours at the Museum: Christmas Soirée

Corral a bunch of like-minded, fun-loving friends and kick up your heels at our Christmas After Hours at the Museum, with dazzling lights, live music, DJ, fun characters, and much more.


$30 per person, $27 per Member

Secret Museum Tour

Don’t miss this once in a lifetime chance to explore the underground world where many of our treasures are stored. What’s waiting for you down there? Book today and find out.

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Previous Auckland Museum Institute Members' Events

Want to know more?

Visit our Membership FAQs page, for all the answers to your questions.


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