Become a Tautoko Member and help enable the development and preservation of our sacred taonga. Tautoko means valued supporter. Your Membership fees enable the development and preservation of collections, the delivery of new exhibitions, important research and exciting educational programmes.

A rewarding way to support your Museum

A rewarding way to support your Museum

Auckland Museum holds a special place in the heart of our city, home to millions of collection items and countless cherished memories. As a charity, the generosity of our supporters ensures the Museum continues to enrich lives and inspire discoveries for future generations.

By joining Tautoko Membership, you become part of our philanthropic community which supports caring for our taonga, the development and preservation of the Museum heritage building and its collections, as well as enabling important research and educational programmes.

You will enjoy special benefits and unique experiences, from expert and curatorial talks, to behind-the-scenes tours and exclusive exhibition previews before they open to the public.

See <em>Secrets of Stonehenge</em> - for FREE!

See Secrets of Stonehenge - for FREE!

Explore where, when, why, and perhaps most intriguingly, how Stonehenge was built. Now after 20 years of excavations at Stonehenge and at the source of its bluestones in Wales, archaeologists finally have some answers.

Secrets of Stonehenge highlights more than 300 ancient artefacts and the latest cutting-edge scientific research to answer questions about this iconic, mysterious World Heritage Site.

Secrets of Stonehenge opens 15 December 2022.

Three complimentary Friends & Whānau passes

Three complimentary Friends & Whānau passes


Tautoko Members automatically receive three Friends & Whānau passes as part of 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.

Tautoko Member benefits

As a valued supporter of Auckland Museum, your Tautoko Membership offers many exclusive benefits, for a contribution of $500 per year. 


  • Invitations to special exhibition previews and after-hours events
  • Invitations to exclusive Museum supporter events, behind-the-scenes tours and talks with the Director
  • One free guided Museum Highlights Tour for up to ten people
  • Unlimited free entry to all paid exhibitions
  • Three complimentary Friends & Whānau passes
  • Recognition in the Museum Annual Review
  • Priority booking and discounts for selected Museum events
  • Discounted or free parking at selected Membership events
  • 10% discount at the Museum Store* and the Museum cafés
  • Discounts on films at Rialto Cinemas Newmarket
  • Monthly email newsletters


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

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

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.  

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


Become a Tautoko Member to receive invites to exclusive Members' events and discounts to all other Auckland Museum events.

Upcoming Members' Events

If you become a Museum Member, you will have access to an array of exclusive Members-only events such exhibition previews, events and after hours functions. Museum Members also receive a 10% discount on all general Auckland Museum events.


Want to know more?

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


Want to know more?