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Secret Museum Tour - Auckland Museum


See behind the scenes and discover the secrets of what’s stored in the basement of Auckland Museum!


  • Once-in-a-lifetime chance to visit the Museum’s basement
  • See real artefacts stored away
  • Learn how collections are kept
  • Walk through areas not usually accessed by the public

Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum tells the story of New Zealand, its place in the Pacific and its people. The Museum is home to millions of objects, is a war memorial for the province of Auckland and holds one of New Zealand’s top three heritage libraries.

With a renowned Māori and Pacific collection, significant natural history resources and major pictorial and military history collections, it holds a special place in the hearts and minds of Aucklanders. The Museum building is one of Auckland’s iconic landmarks and offers unrivalled views of Tāmaki Makaurau.

Secret Museum Tour:

This is a rare chance to explore the underground world of the Museum, where many of our treasures are stored.

On an intimate tour of Auckland Museum’s basement, you’ll discover how we look after priceless collections and keep them safe for generations to come.

See some of the incredible objects that aren’t on display in our galleries and discover what’s tucked away in the basement! Tours are led by a highly trained Museum guide.

Per person $30.00

What's included

  • 1 hour guided museum tour
  • Bonus: Stay afterwards to ask any additional questions of our guides


  • Allow approximately 90 minutes for the whole experience


  • Meet at 11.20am the Tour Banner in the Grand Foyer


  • Coats, bags, umbrellas, mobile devices and cameras must be checked into our eLockers (charge applies).


  • Maximum 10 people per tour. Suitable for those aged 11+


    Coats, bags, umbrellas, mobile devices and cameras must be checked into our eLockers (charge applies).

    Wear comfortable flat, covered toe shoes these are required as this is a safety rule in collection areas of the Museum and you will be walking on hard concrete floors.

    Time: Tours commence daily at 11:30am sharp. Late comers will not be able to join the tour.

Available Bookings from 25 Jun to 01 Jul 2022

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chanelw from New Zealand wrote on 07 June 2022

Great experience!

The secret museum tour was really interesting! We're glad we went before they close it down for renovations and unsure when/if they will run them again. Definitely recommend going before the end of June if you can.

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Gary Stephenson from New Zealand wrote on 25 May 2022

Secret Museum Tour - Auckland Museum

An interesting experience. Knowledgable guide. Would have liked to have seen and learned more about some of the history of the exhibits that are not usually on display.

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Ela Nawrot from New Zealand wrote on 23 May 2022


amazing tour. would recommend to everyone

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