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, an independent voluntary run organisation and the Auckland Branch of the Royal Society of New Zealand Te Apārangi, is a facilitator of lifelong learning and knowledge sharing, engaging their member audiences through premium lecture programmes and events, in support of Auckland Museum and its endeavours. For more than 150 years, the Auckland Museum Institute (or AMI) has played a unique role in the governance of Auckland Museum by appointing four members to the Museum Trust Board.

More about AMI

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 upcoming events

Dive into our new exhibition as many times as you like, for FREE!
Member-only Preview Tuesday 6 July 10am to 8.30pm

Dive into our new exhibition as many times as you like, for FREE!

As a Museum Member you get unlimited free entry to our Sea Monsters exhibition, direct from the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney. Plus, you also get an exclusive members-only chance to preview the exhibition on 6 July!

Explore over 70 displays of real fossils, gigantic replicas including a 13-metre Elamasour, hands-on interactives, and a video encounter that takes you into the deep as it was millions of years ago.   

Share the experience by adding a Friends & Whānau pass when you sign up, so you can always bring someone along to the exhibition with you.

Book your preview

Alec Tang: The Future of our cities
Wednesday 30 June 6pm to 8pm

Alec Tang: The Future of our cities

Come along to our next Café Scientifique where Alec Tang, Director of Sustainability at Kāinga Ora will explore what it means for our cities to be increasingly flexible and dynamic. This talk is brought to you by the Auckland Museum Institute and is open to all.

During this session, Alec will explore the critical systems that we must nurture and strengthen to meet the challenges ahead and importantly, how we bring our communities along in that change.

Read more

 

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 Newmarket 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 Newmarket
  • 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

 

If you'd like to purchase multiple Memberships, please email us at membership@aucklandmuseum.com and our Membership team will be happy to assist you. 

* Excludes sales and promotions. Discount not currently available for online purchases.

Buy for yourself

 

or buy as a gift
Add up to three Friends & Whānau passes to your Membership

Add up to three Friends & Whānau passes to your Membership

BRING FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO ANY OF OUR EXHIBITIONS, MEMBERS' EVENTS OR PREVIEWS

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.

PASS BENEFITS INCLUDE:

  • 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

UPCOMING MEMBERS' EVENTS

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

Major Exhibition
OPENING WEDNESDAY 7 JULY

Free, unlimited entry with Museum Membership

Free for Members
Sea Monsters

Museum Members, meet the underwater monsters that ruled the seas millions of years ago – and come back as many times as you like, for free! Book your free tickets for Sea Monsters here.


Get tickets for

More information ›

Members only
TUE 6 JUL, 2PM–3PM

FREE FOR MEMBERS

Members' Sea Monsters Curator Talk

Join Dr Espen Knutsen on a journey back in time as he talks all about ancient marine reptiles and his work on these prehistoric creatures in the Arctic and Australia.

Members only
TUE 6 JUL, 10AM-8PM

FREE FOR MEMBERS

Members' Preview: Sea Monsters

Sea Monsters tells the story of how giant land vertebrates adapted to be giant prehistoric ocean predators. Members can get an exclusive preview of this awe-inspiring exhibition.

Offsite
30 JUN, 6.30PM

FREE EVENT

Café Scientifique

Come along to our next Café Scientifique where Alec Tang, Director of Sustainability at Kāinga Ora, explores what it means for our cities to be increasingly flexible and dynamic. This talk is brought to you by the Auckland Museum Institute and is open to all.

Members only
THU 20 MAY 1.30PM, SUN 6 JUN 10.30AM, TUE 13 JUL 6.15PM, THU 15 JUL 1.30PM

Free for Museum Members, $25 for Non-Members

Tāmaki Herenga Waka
Member's Tour

Museum Members, join us on a 45-minute guided tour of our new Tamaki Herenga Waka Stories of Auckland galleries.

Members only
WED 9 JUN 1.30PM, SUN 13 JUN 10.30AM, TUE 6 JUL 6.15PM, WED 14 JUL 1.30PM

Free for Museum Members

Members’ Haere Mai Tour

New Members, take an exclusive orientation tour with us and familiarise yourself with Auckland Museum.

Members only
SUN 30 MAY 11AM, SUN 27 JUN 11AM, SUN 25 JUL 11AM

Free for AMI Members

Highlights Guided Tour for Auckland Museum Institute Members

We invite our Auckland Museum Institute Members to explore some of the best Auckland Museum has to offer on our Highlights Guided Tour! Feed your curiosity as our local guides share their knowledge and introduce you to our various galleries.

Previous Auckland Museum Institute Members' Events

Want to know more?

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

READ FAQS

Want to know more?

Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira and the Auckland Museum Institute (AMI) whilst being statutory partners; are independent legal entities. View the Auckland Museum Institute privacy statement and terms and conditions.