Enter the curious world of automata and be delighted with this fun-filled, interactive experience that combines art, technology and science. Tinker with hands-on activities to make cam-driven automata.
Showcasing works from the UK’s finest contemporary automata makers and complemented by automata from New Zealander Blair Sommerville. A visually stunning and playful experience; perfect for children, families and adults.
Curious Contraptions includes 30 push-button operated exhibits of automata, six hand-cranked interactives and an ensemble workshop. Public programmes and learning opportunities will be added throughout the season.
Open daily from 3 July by donation | 10am – 5pm.
Curious Contraptions is powered by Cabaret Mechanical Theatre, London. Please note children under 14 must be supervised by an adult.
Museum Society historian Simon Johnson looks into the story of several moving and mechanical objects from the Te Manawa collection, and we explore the origins of Curious Contraptions itself.
Learn more about the history of automata and how Curious Contraptions came to be.
Every day: 10am – 4pm
(Except Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.)
Please note Te Manawa closes early during Covid-19 Alert Level 2 to facilitate a deep clean of the Museum. We apologise for any inconvenience!
Free general entry.
Charges may apply to some exhibitions/programmes.
get in touch
Te Manawa Museum
326 Main Street
Private Bag 11055
Palmerston North, 4442
Aotearoa New Zealand