Plan Your Visit


Visit the Maritime Museum and we’ll take you on a journey to discover New Zealand’s story. Explore the galleries to find out how the first Polynesians got here, experience the hardships European settlers faced, and be inspired by our modern day maritime heroes. 

Along the way you can try your hand at yacht design, relax in a Kiwi style bach, hoist the sails, test your sea legs and batten down the hatches in the rocking cabin.  As well as the permanent galleries, we also regularly host new exhibitions in the Edmiston Gallery.

There’s plenty of opportunity to get out on the water too. The museum’s heritage vessel Ted Ashby sets sail six days a week, taking visitors on a one hour voyage. You can take in the city skyline and the iconic Auckland Harbour Bridge as you navigate the Waitemata Harbour.

We also fire our historic cannon at the waterside every day at noon, which you can see from the outdoor museum concourse, or from the nearby harbour-side cafes and restaurants.

Check our handy What's On calendar to see what's happening before you visit.

Opening Hours 

The Museum is open every day (except Christmas Day) from 10am - 5pm. Final public admissions are at 4pm each day.

We recommend allowing at least two hours to complete your Museum visit – sailing times are additional. 

Holiday Hours

The Museum will be closing at 3:30pm on Saturday 24th December (Christmas Eve) and Saturday 31st December (New Year's Eve) to allow our staff to share this time with their family and friends.

Visitor Map

The Maritime Museum's galleries are presented over two levels, with balconies all the way through so you can get good views of the vessels on display. Each gallery tells its own story of New Zealand’s maritime history and pioneering spirit, and how it has contributed to our identity today.

Guided tours

Guided tours with our experienced and knowledgeable volunteer guides are free with museum admission. Our guides are passionate about the preservation of New Zealand's rich maritime history, and can tell you all about the valuable treasures on display. Tours usually run at 10:30am and 1pm, from Monday to Friday. There may be a charge for exclusive or private tours.

Getting Here

The museum is located in the heart of Auckland's Viaduct Harbour, on the corner of Quay and Hobson Streets. 

  • Travelling by car

The closest car parking is at the Downtown Car Park with access from Customs Street West. There is an overhead walkway that connects this car park to the pedestrian precinct outside the museum.
Discounted car parking vouchers for the nearby Downtown car-park are also available from reception.

  • Travelling by bus/train/ferry

The Britomart Transport Centre is just a few minutes' walk from the museum, making it easy to get to from the bus or the train. Alternatively, Fullers ferries depart from several Auckland suburbs, with the Ferry Building just a short walk from the museum.

To plan your journey on public transport in more detail, visit


We are committed to making the Maritime Museum accessible to everyone. Most of the museum’s facilities can be accessed by all customers. Most exhibits have ramp access, plus wheelchairs can be booked onsite – support animals are also welcome.

If you have any questions about accessibility, please don’t hesitate to contact us.