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From vintage tram and steam train rides to letterpress printing and scientific demonstrations, MOTAT offers a range of intriguing hands-on experiences.
The Explodome is a new space for our youngest innovators to make, unmake, and get creative.
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The Explodome is a new space for our youngest innovators to make, unmake, and get creative.


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Auckland Dockline Tram

Take a ride through the Wynyard Quarter on the Auckland Dockline Tram. Proudly operated by MOTAT in partnership with Panuku Development Auckland.

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Science in a Sec

Join the fun every weekend to learn more about the scientific principles and facts behind everyday phenomena with these action-packed demonstrations.

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Explore and create at your place! Discover experiments, activities, stories, puzzles, games and videos - all the good stuff!

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Love/Science Museum Trail

Love a good scavenger hunt? Get stuck into our Love / Science Museum trail next time you visit MOTAT.

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Blacksmith's Forge

Experience the thrill of seeing the blacksmith at work in MOTAT's Historic Village.

Operating most Live Days

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Steam Trains

Travel back in time along MOTAT's very own railway and see, hear and smell the history of New Zealand trains.

Every LIVE Day (3rd Sunday of the month)

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Print Shop

See a centuries-old technology come alive every Sunday at MOTAT’s Print Shop. Learn the history of our amazing print collection and take home a hand-printed souvenir of your visit.

Open Sundays only

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The highlight of any visit to MOTAT is a ride on a vintage tram through Western Springs Park. MOTAT's fleet of carefully restored vintage trams run regularly during opening hours.


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The sound of drills, the flash of sparks and the smell of diesel signal specialist staff and volunteers are on the job. The workshops carry out restoration projects and maintain MOTAT's operating collection.

Open on Live Days

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