The Maritime Museum is now open.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, not all of our regular experiences such as heritage sailings are available.

Under Level 2, New Zealand Maritime Museum is operating to guidelines set out by the Ministry of Health. 

Opening hours
Monday to Sunday 10am to 4pm, last entry at 3pm (usually 10am to 5pm).

What to expect during your visit

  • All visitors will be required to register before entry to comply with Ministry of Health safety guidelines 
  • Museum visitors and staff will be physical distancing of at least one-metre
  • We've put directional signs in place for you to follow during your visit
  • We’re only accepting cashless payments with contactless payment preferred 

Health and Safety

  • Hand sanitisers are available throughout the Maritime Museum
  • Cleaning of the Museum, including surfaces and offices, has increased, and high touch surfaces such as counters, handrails, doors and door handle are cleaned twice a day
  • Signage advising of additional health and safety messages is displayed throughout the Museum.


  • Our cloakroom is currently closed
  • To help look after our museum collection, handbags and small backpacks must be carried over your shoulder or in front of you (not on your back) 
  • Please avoid bringing large bags or backpacks into the Museum as there is only limited and unsecure storage available
  • Food and drink are not permitted in the galleries

Accessibility and lift use

  • Most of the Museum’s facilities can be accessed by all customers via ramps
  • The lift can be accessed on the ground level before the galleries, and on the first level near the library entrance
  • The lift is limited to one person at a time (or only those within a bubble) 

What’s on 

  • Watch our midday cannon fire at 12 noon from the main concourse (while also following physical distancing of at least one metre)
  • Browse our Museum shop for New Zealand made homewares, maritime-themed gifts, books and children's toys.
  • Uncover Aotearoa's maritime history across two levels of our extensive galleries 
  • Visit the Bill Laxon library on Thursdays by appointment only

Temporarily suspended

  • Heritage sailings are suspended
  • All guided tours are suspended
  • The Modelmakers’ Workshop is closed
  • The sandpit is also currently closed
  • Education programmes and school visits to the Museum will resume in term 3

An exciting new development is underway with a new family-friendly café coming to the New Zealand Maritime Museum in late 2020. Along with fresh food and casual seating, the Museum will be adding a spacious new entrance and gift shop. When you arrive you’ll notice some construction noise from time to time and see some temporary walls in place.  We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. 


Contact tracing is how health services find people who may have been exposed to an infectious disease. At the Museum, all visitors must scan the QR code upon arrival using their mobile phone (we recommend downloading the Kaspersky QR scanner app). The process includes a health declaration and visitors do not need to check out.


For all parcels and package deliveries for the Maritime Museum, please use the side entrance (175) next to Lula’s. Upon arrival, please contact the Museum’s security team using the contact details provided on the door. No parcels or deliveries will be accepted at the main public entrance.