COVID-19 update

MOTAT Closes to reduce risk of COVID-19 transmission

To all our supporters,  

Our vision is to inspire the innovators of tomorrow. But right now, we need to focus on today and on the health and welfare of our visitors, staff and volunteers as the nation comes together to combat the threat of Coronavirus (COVID-19). 

In the light of the Government's response to this pandemic, both our sites at Great North Road and Meola Road are closed to to the public until further notice. 

While our doors will be closed for a while, our amazing collection - and the inspirational stories it contains - remains open to you online. You can discover our collection at We are also putting our creativity to use to find new ways to ignite your curiosity and lift your spirits via the MOTAT website and our social media channels – FacebookTwitterLinkedIn and Instagram while we are closed. 

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 thoughthe MOTAT Team will be working away in the background on our fantastic collection and new ways to fire up our visitors imaginationsso thawe are ready to welcome you back when we reopen 

For the time being, stay safe and take care. 

Ngā mihi nui 

Michael Frawley 
Chief Executive MOTAT  



18 March 2020 

The health and safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors is important to MOTAT and we are monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation carefully. 

We are taking the advice of the Ministry of Health, Government and Council as well as working alongside other organisations who operate with similar public exposure and staffing structures.   

In line with the Government’s recent direction regarding public events, we are cancelling or postponing the following events and public programmes which were scheduled up until the end of June:  

This includes:  

  • MOTASTIC Mates (postponed)
  • Dig It! 
  • Science STEM Fair 
  • Slime Weekend
  • April, May, June Live Days
  • Food Truck Round Up
  • Night Lights (postponed)

Our education programmes will continue to operate as usual in line with advice from the Ministry of Education, and we are working directly with schools on these visits.   

At this stage our April school holiday experience will proceed, but we will continue to monitor this decision. 


Our sites will remain open until further notice. We have introduced additional cleaning and hygiene processes and adjusted some of our operations to help look after our visitors and the MOTAT Team.  

This includes:   

  • Increased signage regarding hygiene and health advice 
  • Access to hand sanitiser  
  • Additional venue cleaning taking place  
  • Touch screens will also be de-activated   

With continued vigilance the chance of widespread community outbreak is expected to remain low. 

But we also ask that all visitors continue to help care for each other by following the World Health Organisation and NZ Ministry of Health COVID-19 guidelines:  

  • Wash your hands 
  • Avoid close contact  
  • Practise great cough/sneeze etiquette 
  • Stay home if you are unwell or if you have been caring for someone who has been sick 
  • Follow the self-isolation guidelines if you have been in contact since March 13 with any overseas travellers. 

MOTAT will be monitoring this evolving situation and will make further announcements regarding operations as needed.   

Please stay in touch via our MOTAT website and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram


MOTAT recommends the following sites for reliable information on the COVID-19 pandemic: