Plan your Visit
The New Zealand Maritime Museum explores the remarkable history of New Zealand’s seafaring heritage and the stories that shaped our nation.
Come with us on a voyage of discovery from the arrival of the first Polynesian settlers to the triumphs of our modern day maritime heroes. Explore our galleries and enjoy an extensive range of nautical and historical artefacts that document our fascinating maritime history.
Our interactive displays invite you to try your hand at yacht design, relax in a Kiwi style bach, hoist the sails or test your sea legs in the rocking cabin. Check out our latest exhibition in the Edmiston Gallery which hosts regular exhibitions by New Zealand artists. At midday a historic cannon is fired by the waterside which you can view from our concourse.
Regular harbour sailings offer you the opportunity to get out on the water on one of our heritage vessels. Our scow Ted Ashby sets sail six days a week offering visitors a one hour sailing experience on the Waitemata Harbour. You can get involved and help hoist the sails or sit back, relax and take in the sights of our stunning harbour city including the Auckland Harbour Bridge and Skytower from the water.
The Museum is open every day (except Christmas Day) from 10am - 5pm.
Final public admissions are at 4pm each day.
Please note the museum will be closing early on Sunday 24th December (Christmas Eve) at 3:30pm, with last entry at 2:30pm.
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- Residents of the Auckland region can visit the Maritime Museum galleries for free if they provide proof of address on arrival.
- 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
Admission is free for Aucklanders. Proof of address in the Auckland region is required.
A museum entry fee is required from all visitors outside of the Auckland region.
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.
If you have any questions about accessibility, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Guided tours with our experienced and knowledgeable volunteer guides are free with museum admission.
Tours run at 10:30am and 1pm, from Monday to Friday.
Private tours are available by request and may incur a charge.
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 www.at.govt.nz
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 our front desk.
Fullers run passenger ferries to several Auckland suburbs. The ferry terminal is a two minute walk from the museum - Fullers.co.nz
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.