The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT) is a science and technology museum located in Western Springs, Auckland, New Zealand. It is located close to the Western Springs Stadium, Auckland Zoo and the Western Springs Park. The museum has large collections of civilian and military aircraft and other land transport vehicles. An ongoing programme is in place to restore and conserve items in the collections. This work is largely managed by volunteers but, since the passing of the Museum of Transport and Technology Act in 2000, has been supported by full-time professional museum. New public programmes and facilities now promote the collections.
MOTAT was established in 1960 by a combination of groups including the Old Time Transport Preservation League, which was formed in 1957 and preserved trams and railway locomotives. MOTAT was formally opened in 1964.
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|Sunday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
Selena Abbott | Feb 10, 2018
Awesome place to take the kids. A good mix of hands on activities and exhibits just to look at. Not as spread out as the map would have you believe so not too bad on a wet day, if you're lucky they'll have an umbrella for you to use
Rochelle Nafatali | Feb 22, 2018
Great place to take the kids, cool free military, tram & train rides on 'live' days plus heaps of other activities. Free for special needs children & one carer!! The cafe on site is hideously expensive but doesn't do a bad coffee actually. Heaps of parking available
Chandler Hummell | Jan 23, 2018
Wow, this place has a whole lot of stuff to look at. Great displays, with fantastic information to go along with it. They have a collection of some of the most fascinating aircraft. Because this place is so spread out, there is a tram that will take you to all of the different areas. The tram is also an exhibit! I do wish they had more automobiles. But they certainly had enough things to entertain me for the time I was there! A great place if you have children. Allow an entire day to explore all of the areas. I suppose I'll just have to come back to New Zealand to see the rest.
Dominic Savio Joseph | Dec 21, 2017
Loved this place. Been there with family to see the Christmas lights. I’d highly recommend the train ride as it’s quite a hit with people of all ages. Warm and friendly staff, who put in efforts to ensure the visitors have a good time. It’s a must visit place even otherwise. Would strongly recommend this place for tourists.
Oliver Lee | Jan 21, 2018
If we aim at London or San Fransisco's similar museums, it has lots of room for improvement (I know money is a major issue though) My recent visit (20/1/2018) has changed my view. It now has lots of new stuff and deserves a 5 star review! Well done!
Jenny Milne | Jun 14, 2018
FANTASTIC INTERESTING museum for all ages. You can catch the OUT bus from Auckland Central and get off at the first part of the museum. Your entrance fee includes a tram ticket which is a fun 5 minute ride to the rest of the museum. You can choose to hop off and go to the zoo too. The museum consists of a number of very educational displays including historic planes and a video/display on Jean Batten, info on Skylab's rocket, all sorts of old machines and inter-active fun activities. People of all ages will love this place 😊
John Carlisle | May 30, 2018
Enjoyable but somehow not quite the experience of 30 odd years ago. It seemed to me to be pretty much geared up as a marketing experience for children rather than a museum. Still, having said that, I was there with my children and their children and it was a good day out. They all enjoyed the ride on the tram to the Aviation section and that was excellent in every way. So, perhaps I should up my rating to 4 stars! Thank you.
Matt Ladbrook | Jul 15, 2018
We so much fun but wished I’d had more time there. You definitely need to have 4-5 hours there for the full experience. Being there for a live day made it so much better and getting to meet some of the people working on the machines and exhibits helped me to appreciate it even more. There is something at MOTAT for everyone and I would highly recommend it.
Mark Tollefson | May 6, 2018
I had a superb time visiting this museum. Lots of displays on so many different topics. Very reasonable admission charge includes free trolley to their second location, which is a fun experience by itself. I was particularly impressed with the old, yet operating, huge stationary steam engines. Rare to see live steam engines these days. The operating telephone switching racks were fascinating, with the complex relay mechanisms clicking away. Also, I enjoyed the old radios, TVs, and computer equipment. (But ones that I've used shouldn't already be displayed in museums!) Of particular interest to other Geeks like me is the analog computer built from Erector set parts. I had heard of them, but what fun to actually see one.
Mauricio Kimura | May 24, 2018
Incredible museum, one of the best of its kind. Amazing airplanes collection and interesting activities for children. It was sunny, then we had a good chance to walk all over the area. Reserve 2 to 3 hours to explore it. Take the tram that goes around the Zoo and come back, included in the ticket. If I live in Auckland area, would buy the annual family ticket, worth the value to take our kids as much as we can.
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