MOTAT’s vision is to inspire the innovators of tomorrow but right now, the Museum is focusing on today and on the health and welfare of their visitors, staff and volunteers as the nation comes together to combat the threat of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

In the light of the Minister of Health’s announcement yesterday regarding gatherings of 100 people or more and MOTAT’s discussions with Auckland Council, the Museum has decided to close both their sites at Great North Road and Meola Road to the public from 5 pm today until further notice.

MOTAT’s educational STEM Cells will still be visiting schools in the Auckland Region in line with the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Educations guidelines so that children can continue to learn and be inspired during these troubling times. 

While MOTAT’s doors will be closed for a while, their collection - and the inspirational stories it contains - remains open online. This can be explored at

“We are also putting our creativity to use to find new ways to ignite the curiosity and lift the spirits of our online community via the MOTAT website and our social media channels,” says MOTAT Chief Executive, Michael Frawley.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented and given the uncertainty we are all facing together, it is not possible to say, at this stage, when we will reopen to the public.  Rest assured though, the MOTAT Team will be working away in the background on our collection and finding new ways to fire up imaginations, so that we are ready to welcome our visitors back when we reopen,” says Mr Frawley.

For further information or interviews, please contact:
Vanessa Hefer
MOTAT Marketing & Communications Manager
Mobile: 021 340 518