Plan your Visit



We provide a fascinating glimpse into our wonderful relationship with the sea as explorers and every day New Zealanders. With a team of passionate and knowledgeable staff and volunteers, we share New Zealand’s history and inspirational stories throughout our extensive galleries, exhibitions, programmes and on-water experiences.

Situated in Auckland’s vibrant Viaduct Harbour, our Museum is also a unique and versatile event venue. Our fleet of incredible heritage vessels are available for regular sailings and charters on the Waitematā Harbour.

The Museum is open every day (except Christmas Day) from 10am - 5pm. 

Final public admissions are at 4pm each day.

  Museum Entry Museum Entry & Heritage Sailing Museum Entry Museum Entry & Heritage Sailing
Adults Free $25 $20 $50
Seniors/Students Free $20 $17 $40
Children Free $12 $10 $25
Family Pass Free $50 $40 $95

Admission is free for Aucklanders, proof of address in the Auckland region is required. 

  • Seniors / Students must have proof of their status e.g. valid Gold card, student ID etc.
  • Children: 5-14 years old (4 years and under are free) - ALL children must be accompanied by a supervising adult of 16 years old or more at all times.
  • Family Pass = 2 adults & 2 children or 1 adult & 3 children.
  • Heritage Sailing consists of a one hour sailing experience aboard our scow, Ted Ashby.
  • All minors must be accompanied by a supervising adult at all times.
  • Prices effective as of 12th October, 2015

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 and wheelchairs can be booked onsite – support animals are also welcome. Sailings on TED ASHBY are wheelchair accessible. 

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

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.

Please be aware that we are currently undergoing a necessary replacement of our lift. We still have wheelchair and pram access via the ramp in Blue Water Black Magic Gallery. We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience at this time. 

The visitor map will show you the best way to navigate the galleries and the location of the Museum’s amenities.

Guided tours with our experienced and knowledgeable volunteer guides are free with Museum admission.

Tours runTuesday through to Friday at 10:30am and 1:30pm

Private tours are available by request and may incur a charge.

The Maritime Room is available for a range of events and private functions. Click here to find out more or enquire.

Phone – 09 373 0800

Email –

Address – Corner of Quay and Hobson Streets, Viaduct Harbour, Auckland

Postal Address - PO Box 3141, Shortland Street, Auckland 1140

The Museum is located in the heart of Auckland's Viaduct Harbour, on the corner of Quay and Hobson Streets and is easily accessible by a variety of transport options. Find the entrance right next to the white KZ1 boat on display outside. 


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

Car & Parking

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 parking vouchers (for up to 8 hours) can be purchased on entry to the Museum. Validate your ticket at the pay station inside the carpark when you return to your car. 

Please note the parking at Eastern Viaduct is closed until further notice.


Fullers run passenger ferries to several Auckland suburbs. The ferry terminal is a two minute walk from the Museum -

Additional ferry services from Great Barrier Island, Rakino Island, Pine Harbour and Waiheke Island are also available from SeaLink

Visitors from the Coromandel, Hobsonville, Beach Haven and Gulf Harbour can also visit us using the 360 Discovery Cruises.