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Weird and Wonderful re-opens Saturday 1 December!

Weird And Wonderful Re-Opens Sat 1 Dec

Great news! Our much-loved Weird and Wonderful gallery has finished its make-over and is re-opening next Saturday 1 December.
All your favourites are back plus exciting new interactives to help you discover the natural world. Examine a fossil, get up close to intriguing creatures, befriend glowing pathfinder bugs and more!
Read about the opening day celebration here


To celebrate the re-opening of Weird and Wonderful we are holding an exclusive breakfast on Sat 1 December and 10 of you have the opportunity to join us.

Send an email to with "W&W Competition" in the subject line plus the names and ages of your family members who wish to come along. We will notify you by November 26 if you are one of our lucky winners!


The Victoian Christmas Night at the Museum is proving popular so make sure you don’t miss out.

Father Christmas will be there along with Ebenezer Scrooge, and our special mini-market will have high-quality presents on offer from our shop. Entertain the kids and treat yourself with a glass of mulled wine.
Don't miss out - book your tickets now and save $5
Thurs 20 Dec & Fri 21 Dec, 6–8.30pm, $20 presales, $25 door sales (includes a treat from Father Christmas), bookings recommended. Read more and book here


At this weekend's Urbanlife Live, we've photographer Te Rawhitiroa Bosch and the young men from the Te Korowai programme discussing photography and how they documented what education means for those who have slipped through the gaps, plus poetry performance and discussion with poet Grace Taylor and the South Auckland Poets Collective

Read more here


Ahead of her public talk tonight at the museum, bestselling author Dava Sobel has had a behind the scenes tour with our Botany Curator Ewen Cameron where she was able to see the actual specimens collected over 200 years ago in ‘Plants from Captain Cook’s First Voyage’. Her love of science and discovery was apparent – join her tonight to hear about the bestselling books she has written about some of the greatest scientific discoveries in the world including her latest novel A More Perfect Heaven

Tonight 23 November, 7pm
Book your ticket and listen to an interview with Dava here


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