Museums of Auckland

MOTAT is just one of many exciting cultural attractions in Auckland for visitors to experience. The links below are to venues which reflect the vitality of cultural, arts and educational experiences on offer throughout the wider Auckland region. 

You can find out more about what the Museums of Auckland are collaborating on at the dedicated Museums of Auckland website.

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Auckland Art Gallery is a cultural leader in New Zealand. Its purpose is to be a place for art and a catalyst for ideas. With multiple exhibition spaces spreading across three levels in an award-winning building, it is the largest and most inspiring visual arts experience in the country.

The gallery's collection and loan collections currently number over 16,000 artworks. Together, they include major holdings of New Zealand historic, modern and contemporary art. Alongside outstanding works by Māori and Pacific artists, they represent significant international painting, sculpture and print collections.

Expand your cultural horizons through the remarkable collections, temporary exhibitions, visitor events, outreach activities and education programmes.

Cnr Kitchener and Wellesley Streets, Auckland CBD


Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira

Haere mai! Auckland Museum is the cultural and spiritual touchstone for the many races that inhabit this beautiful land, and the first stop for anyone wishing to gain an insight into New Zealand and its people.

Renowned for its unique collection of Māori and Pacific treasures, Auckland Museum is also a war memorial for the Auckland province and holds one of New Zealand's top three heritage libraries.

Housed in one of the country's finest heritage buildings, the Museum tells the story of New Zealand as a nation; from award-winning natural history exhibits to galleries which investigate New Zealand's cultural origins.

Scars on the Heart, the Museum's war memorial exhibition, tells the story of New Zealand at war, while He Taonga Māori - the Museum's Māori treasures gallery, displays over 2,000 priceless Māori artefacts, including rare carvings and the last great Māori war canoe carved from a giant Totara tree.

Auckland Museum is the only venue in Auckland where visitors can experience a Māori cultural performance daily.

 The Auckland Domain, Parnell


New Zealand Maritime Museum

New Zealand Maritime Museum Hui Te Ananui A Tangaroa celebrates the country’s bond with the sea and its stories of discovery, exploration, immigration and sailing.

Suitable for all ages, the Maritime Museum provides an enjoyable and unique discovery experience with the goal of uniting people with the sea through the collection, public programming and exhibitions. The museum also has a fleet of working heritage vessels, which are available daily for public sailings on the Waitemata Harbour.

On display within the galleries are collection pieces of national, regional, local and general maritime interest in a way that stimulates interest and preserves the items for the benefit of the people of New Zealand.

 Corner Quay and Hobson Streets, Viaduct Harbour


Stardome Observatory & Planetarium

Stardome and its team have been sharing a love of space from its premises in Auckland’s One Tree Hill Domain since 1967. A place of exploration, research and sharing of knowledge, Stardome has been regularly open for public viewing evenings and daytime visits for school trips ever since.

From the comfort of a reclining seat, prepare to be amazed whatever the weather, as the Universe is recreated in front of your eyes in the 360 degree planetarium dome theatre.

Stardome’s shows regularly change so there is always something new to see, from the presenter-led seasonal Night Sky to shows about Astronauts, Black Holes and Celestial Navigation. Evening shows include telescope viewing (weather permitting) and access to the Zeiss telescope of an extended telescope viewing experience is available on select evenings.

 670 Manukau Road, One Tree Hill Domain