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Skip the Line: Auckland Museum General Admission Entry Ticket
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Skip the Line: Auckland Museum General Admission Entry Ticket

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Duration: 3–4 hours
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  • General Admission Ticket to Auckland Museum
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Entry/Admission - Auckland Museum
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  • The listed price only includes General Admission. Any other optional extras are not included.


  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 14401P1

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  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Most travelers can participate

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  • Auckland Museum
    6,808
    New Zealand
  • 80louisev
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Moving
    Enjoyable, informative, moving experience. Lovely voices. A good way to start your visit to the museum and make you more culturally aware as you start a visit to NZ.
    Written July 7, 2024
  • TheLeongOhana
    0 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Māori Culture
    We purchased tickets for the non-resident museum admission and also the Māori performance. It was the first performance of the day so there were a lot of available seats. We rode the elevator to the top floor and waited in the lobby until one of the performers came out to greet us. We were informed that all visitors could only take photo during certain parts of the performance which came after the welcoming introductions and the group’s Hakka. The stage was small but gave the performance more intimacy. I believe the performance lasted around half an hour and was educational engaging. At the end, all of the performers lined up outside the theatre to thank us and answered any questions we had. Good intro to Māori culture if pressed for time.
    Written June 28, 2024
  • guamjohn671
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Family fun for all looking at the past and present
    Took bus from central city to museum. Museum has three floors of great content including history, including was memorial. Resturant and cafe also are located in the building. I highly recommend for all ages. Note: Apart from general admission, there is additional cost for RELIC Legos and 3D movies- did not purchase.
    Written June 22, 2024
  • Wayne-Librarian
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    More than one day’s worth.
    The Maori cultural experience was amazing. I didn’t know what to expect and went with an open mind. I highly recommend going and also being open. We went on a Tuesday when they are open late, so we wandered until our feet gave out. What a marvelous collection, beautifully presented. The war memorial sections were moving. And the Maori exhibit lent great historical context to the cultural experience.
    Written May 21, 2024
  • Tigerram
    0 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well structured and informative museum
    Audio guide for part of the museum is available using your own phone. The museum has an interesting and informative collection of Māori/Polynesian history and culture; world war history and memorial; and geological education of NZ formation. There is a brief earthquake experience also on site. Also has a cafe
    Written May 17, 2024
  • Voyager34111917867
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful exhibitions
    Beautiful museum and exhibits. Really loved the indigenous collection and the museum staff were extremely friendly. Would recommend!
    Written May 8, 2024
  • natclay
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience for culture and history
    We arrived at 10 am and spent a couple of hours exploring the exhibitions. The museum has a nice mixture of culture and history. The north entrance has a small coffee shop and the south entrance has a large restaurant and shop. I highly recommend the cultural performance, it was a wonderful demonstration of music, dance and culture. Thoroughly enjoyed it. The volcano exhibit was also interesting and unique.
    Written May 2, 2024
  • Anonymous855
    0 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Museum was fantastic, Maori cultural experience...not so much
    It is a gorgeous building and they have a wonderful curation of artifacts. This was the wonderful part. On the other side, as an international visitor we bought separate tickets to the cultural experience and although we read you could take photos afterward, the Maori group declined. The narrator/leader of the group sounded angry throughout the performance and I was not uplifted by the event...just chastised.
    Written April 26, 2024
  • ZarzaTravels
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing museum - fantastic representation of culture, geography and history
    Amazing museum! So many exhibits, all incredibly well displayed and with excellent accompanying detail. You could spend weeks here and not see everything. I learned so much in my few hours here. I love how the different cultures and stories are represented. I went solo, but there were so many things for children and families to do - I highly recommend staying here. There is ample parking both under the museum and outside, and as a resident of Auckland I had free admission. There were two coffee shops and a beautiful shop. Lots to explore!
    Written April 23, 2024
  • NathalieAndAndrew
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What to do on a rainy day?
    It was miserable weather in Auckland. So we thought what we could do- the museum of course. As national museums go- this was logical well signed and not overwhelming with technical speak. It was well lit, and not overcrowded with exhibitions. It was however, relatively expensive for non locals $26. Each. Kept us occupied for three and a half hours
    Written April 20, 2024
  • roundtabler
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Outstanding Museum and war memorial
    Must visit during a trip to Auckland. The war museum particularly was fascinating and the entry was free. The way Maori culture and heritage has been showcased is brilliant
    Written April 19, 2024
  • Sparcs07
    0 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great place to visit and learn
    The Auckland museum is a great place to visit, features New Zealand culture through the wars ancient times. It had a great areas for interactive learning , which was perfect for kids . Audio and visional screens help inform as well as the exhibits. A focus was on the creation of New Zealand, and the effects of volcanos and fears of further ones The facility is really well built, air conditioned with lifts to aid. Parking can be an issue so you might need to pay at a street meter.
    Written April 11, 2024
  • Snarth
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent for highlights tour of museum, and Maori performance
    This museum is a wonderful introduction to NZ/ Maori history and culture. We recommend both the Highlights Tour (about an hour) and the Maori performance. One of the highlights of our stay in Auckland.
    Written April 10, 2024
  • GClife
    0 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tourist rip off
    I really object to being charged $28 to enter a museum while it’s free for locals. And if you opt for a guided tour around museum that’s another $20. Highway robbery for an average museum. While there are some interesting Māori artefacts, the museum is old fashioned, requires lots of reading of exhibits and is poorly curated If you are going to charge at least have a decent museum that is modern, interactive and well curated
    Written April 5, 2024
  • verity31
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Maori performance
    Really great museum with many different sections. The absolute highlight was the Maori performance, had no idea it was on but told when buying our tickets. What a beautiful and moving performance it was, they explained and taught us things throughout the performance which meant you could understand about the culture and their symbolic dances, very powerful, can't recommend enough.
    Written April 3, 2024
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creativecrew
Allentown, PA2,406 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
Normally we love to go on guided tours of museums so we gain additional insights and hear the stories. In most museums the guided tours are free and you just need to plan your trip at times that include the tour. We were surprised that the tour cost extra here but decided that we are “only in Auckland once so let’s do it.” Bad decision! The tour guide was boring! She told inaccurate information for example telling us Maori isn’t taught in New Zealand schools today, which the Maori Guide in Rotorua said isn’t true! He reports that schools now teach the native language to all students regardless of ethnic background.

The Cultural Performance is great. Especially the opportunity to speak with the dancers after the performance. We asked questions about their traditions and learned a lot from the personal interactions with the performers.

This museum is expensive and so plan a full day to get your money’s worth. Save $$$ by skipping the guided tour and packing snacks/lunch!

The volcano exhibit is great! Super informative and relevant in the “ring of fire” region of the world! The exhibit includes an outdated panel about White Island that needs to be updated since the volcano erupted in December 2019–but that is new news and the tragedy needs to be sorted out so everyone understands it better.
Written January 4, 2020
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jnhp72
Brisbane, Australia5 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Too expensive for what it is. Why charge travellers $25 each to go through when locals go for free and other NZ people pay a dollar? OK you might want to get the dollars while we are here, but it was too expensive for an ordinary little museum. With half ot he exhibits closed, they still charged full price. Avoid unless you are keen to spend money.
Written January 20, 2020
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Kia ora, thank you for visiting and for taking the time to write a review. While we have some spaces closed at the moment, we have gone to great lengths to ensure we still have three floors of galleries open and a special exhibitions hall operational. The reason Aucklanders are not charged general admission is they contribute directly via their rates to the Council, which is the source of most of our funding. This funding does not cover all costs, hence we must charge international visitors to visit. We think the price charged represents good value on a global scale, but of course when all the major works are completed there will be even more to see and experience.
Written January 23, 2020
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Jost-Pauline S
Bay of Plenty Region, New Zealand373 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We visited the Auckland Museum after the Elton John concert (following day) - a revisit after many years.
The museum has many very well presented exhibits - maybe a few too many of the same in my personal view - and they are perfectly grouped in theme rooms and display cabinets.
The biggest plus in the museum are the very friendly and helpful staff who from the outset make the visit a very pleasurable experience. It is also great to see that older people can easily move around with the help of lifts.
Written February 20, 2020
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Kia Ora, thankyou for leaving such a kind review. We are so glad you got the chance to revisit us! It's always great to hear such lovely things about our various displays Museum staff. We hope to see you again!
Written February 20, 2020
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Nikki Garcia
Cairns, Australia5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We very much enjoyed a long afternoon at the Auckland Museum. As first time visitors to New Zealand, the extensive exhibit about Maori culture and the other related Polynesian cultures and their histories was fascinating and informative. An added bonus was the Maori Cultural Experience which included native performers presenting traditional songs, chants and dances. The second level of the museum contains the war memorial galleries involving the experiences of New Zealand in the First and Second World Wars. Having had a father who was involved in the war in the Pacific made it of special interest to us. Our feet gave out before our interest in this excellent museum. Great way to start our trip learning about the maori people and more. Loved learning the history and makes me appreciate being here on holiday.
Written March 28, 2020
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Kia ora Niks, what a lovely review! Thanks for taking the time to let us know how much you enjoyed starting your trip with a visit to the Museum.
Written April 21, 2020
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Sheila J
Lincoln52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We were recommended to visit the Auckland museum, although it was already on our to do list. Its amazing. It covers Maori culture, New Zealand culture and is also a war memorial to New Zealands fighting forces. There is loads to see and enjoy for all ages so please allow plenty of time. We didnot see the cultural Maori display as Rotorua was the next stop of our trip, but comments overheard seemed to rate it highly. We really enjoyed our time there and finished with a visit to the excellent cafe that sells some different and intertesting drinks, biscuits and cakes.
Written February 24, 2020
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Kia Ora Sheila, thanks so much for visiting and for leaving such a kind and informative review! We are glad to hear you enjoyed our Maori exhibits and War Memorial Halls, it's great that you had the time to experience our cafe too. Safe travels!
Written February 24, 2020
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Professional-Pilgrim
Alberta, Canada1,349 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This is a HUGE place. When we went there, in February, 2020, the restaurant was under renovations, and we had to eat in a temporary area, but the food (snacks) was still good. We found the permanent and temporary exhibitions (one on Captain Cook's Polynesian interpreter, another on volcanoes) to be most impressive. The upstairs area is delightfully old-fashioned, with the stained-glass ceilings an echo of old-time museums. We paid extra for the Antarctica Virtual Reality (VR) Experience. There was some confusion as to where it was located; after taking the elevator/lift, we had no idea where to go, and no one was on hand to tell us. However, when we finally found the group, the experience was quite wonderful. We certainly felt like we were in Antarctica, in the helicopter, on the ice, etc.
Written April 24, 2020
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Kia ora, thanks for your kind words! We're so glad to hear you enjoyed the Museum as much as we do. Sorry to hear you got lost on your way to the Antarctica VR Experience it was a bit tricky to find. We did ask our staff members to wait at the bottom of the stairs for the group before heading up to where the experience takes place, you may have just missed them.
Written April 28, 2020
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Alkie bo
Auckland Central, New Zealand38 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I went for the first time in 15yrs
There is some great information there but to be honest it just doesn't seem as interesting as other museums in the world. Not sure why it just seems to not have a major wow factor for me. Still good to go every once in a while to see what's happened in the past locally
Written March 8, 2020
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia13,446 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
For an Australian visitor, the most interesting part of the MUseum's collection is to do with the Maori people. The "waka" was especially interesting. The "waka" are the long canoes that were ocean-going vessels; they brought the Maori to New Zealand. Very few of them survive. The War Memorial Galleries tell the story of New Zealand's participation in overseas conflicts. The Memorial is currently being revitalised. Opening times are variable due to the COVID-19 virius, but the Mueum is a revelation for anyone intrested in New Zealand's history.
Written April 5, 2020
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knight2play
Southampton, UK23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Interesting visit, some good areas, Such as volcano experience, Captain Cook’s voyage around New Zealand, the story of the Maori including their show and the top floor recounting New Zealand’s involvement in the two World Wars. Some of the other exhibits were not well displayed and needed a bit of updating. But all in all we thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Cafe could do with updating and better menu. Seating pretty uncomfortable. Expensive admission price for visitors when locals go free!
Written January 22, 2020
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Kia Ora, thanks so much for your review! We are so glad you enjoyed our various displays, especially the volcano experience and the Māori taonga. We are currently in the midst of making exciting changes to the Museum - including a brand new cafe!
Written January 23, 2020
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fsdukejr
Des Moines, WA2,500 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
We visited as one stop on a private guided tour of Auckland and found that 1.5 hours was not nearly enough to do justice to this massive place. We only visited the ground floor and level 1 and only saw about 1/3 of the exhibits there. Recommend you spend at least 1/2 day if your personal energy can stand it. In our short time, the Maori court and Volcanos exhibits receive our most attention. The earthquake room was unique. These exhibits were impactful and interesting but the explanations and labeling were nearly impossible to read in at least 75% of the exhibits. I have had this same complaint at many other museums. Curators need to understand that their guests are reading the information from 3-5 feet away. Thin gray type on light gray background is impossible to read. Most of the display cases were dimly lit and even using a phone light, they were difficult to see. Exhibits of letters and documents should be at eye level not in glass cases 4 feet from the reader. If your visitor cannot read what you want to tell them why bother at all.
Written January 24, 2023
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Kia ora, thank you for taking a tour, and for leaving such a thorough review. We agree, if time allows, you could easily spend half a day browsing the galleries. I'll pass your feedback about labels and lighting onto our team who look after refreshing the galleries.
Written January 26, 2023
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