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MOTAT’s permanent and short-term exhibitions draw on objects from our extensive collection to engage minds and tell inspiring stories of transport, technology and Kiwi ingenuity.
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SWITCH UP: Sustainable Solutions

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1 Oct - 31 Mar 2023 | 10:00am - 4:00pm
Ever wondered where your old t-shirts end up? Want to find how a potato becomes a plate? Find out the answers to these questions and more at SWITCH UP, our new exhibition all about sustainable solutions.
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Scooter

Whizz by Scooter to discover what makes this two-wheeled-vehicle so much fun. Scooter takes you on a ride through the technology, fashion and culture changes from the 60s to today.

Permanent Exhibition

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MOTAT Aviation Hall

Visit the newly refurbished Aviation Hall at Motions Road and discover the exciting stories of aviation in Aotearoa.

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SWITCH UP: Sustainable Solutions

Ever wondered where your old t-shirts end up? Want to find how a potato becomes a plate? Find out the answers to these questions and more at SWITCH UP, our new exhibition all about sustainable solutions.

1 Oct - 31 Mar 2023 | 10:00am - 4:00pm

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Code Breakers: Women in Games

Get your game on with Code Breakers! This new exhibition celebrates the achievements of Australian and New Zealand women working in video games.

3 Dec - 26 Mar 2023 | 10:00am - 4:00pm

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Model Railway

A MOTAT favourite for 40 years, but as they say: “a model railway is never finished.” So come and see what’s new!

Permanent Exhibition

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Machine Makers

Get hands on with the building blocks of engineering in this exciting and family friendly exhibition. Lift, slide, spin and build your way through six big interactive machines. It’s like a physics playground – with robots.

Permanent Exhibition

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Pumphouse

Feel the power of steam in MOTAT’s original 1870s Pumphouse. With steam engines operating every day, you’ll see, hear and smell the amazing story of steam in our industrial past.

Permanent Exhibition

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MOTOTS

Little ones will love the adventure and active play at MOTOTS, a special place for our youngest MOTAT visitors while their grown-ups take a break.

Permanent Exhibition - CURRENTLY CLOSED

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Firehouse

Everyone loves a big red firetruck! From early horse-drawn pumps to V8-powered fire engines, discover the equipment and history of these everyday heroes.

Permanent Exhibition

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Village

The MOTAT village brings alive Pākehā settler life. You’ll be taken back in time as you explore the original cottages, schoolhouse, chapel, washhouse and forge.

Permanent Exhibition

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Get Smart - NZ Wired in the Digital World

Get Smart investigates the growth of computing, gaming and communications to show how the powerful machines we carry in our pockets have become faster, cheaper, and smarter.

Permanent Exhibition

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Telecommunications

This long time MOTAT favourite offer a unique hands-on experience of telecommunication equipment and technology.

Permanent Exhibition

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Accelerate: Driving New Zealand

Revved up, fully charged, and challenging the status quo! Take a drive through New Zealand’s love affair with vehicles and technology. This one’s for the petrol heads, tech enthusiasts, history buffs, and future thinkers alike.

Permanent Exhibition

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Jean Batten Portrait

The Walsh Memorial Library is excited to announce the acquisition of a new portrait on display, featuring the record-breaking aviator, Jean Batten.

Now Open | Monday - Friday | 10am-4pm

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