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.
PLEASE RSVP FOR YOUR SCHOOLCurious Contraptions - Teacher Preview Night
Discover Learning at Te Manawa, experience our programmes first- hand and explore our new exhibition Curious Contraptions.
At 6pm, hear more about complementary learning programmes at the Curious Contraptions opening
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by 22 June 2021
5 - 7pm
THURS 1 JULY
BOOKED | $5 CHILD; $2 ADULT; $12 FAMILY PASS (2 ADULTS, 2 CHILDREN), $2 PER EXTRA CHILDMatariki PJ Party
Join the team at Te Manawa to celebrate Matariki with a star hunt, stories and a Milo. Be one of the first tamariki to explore our new exhibition Curious Contraptions and make your own Matariki inspired contraption.
BOOK NOW - 0800-4-A-MUSEUM
6pm – 7pm OR 7pm – 8pm
FRI 2 JULY
BOOK NOW | $32 PER CHILD | 8+ YRSCurious Contraptions Art
Explore our new show Curious Contraptions to create your own curious masterpiece. Investigate story-telling through creation inspired by automata, movement, and of course, you!
10AM - 3PM
SCHOOL HOLIDAYS | WEDS 14 JULY
DROP IN | $5 CHILDREN, ADULTS FREE | ALL AGESCurious Creations
Be one of the first tamariki today to explore Curious Contraptions and make your own Curious Creation to display. Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult.
9.15AM - 10AM
SCHOOL HOLIDAYS | THURS 15 JULY OR TUE 20 JULY
OPEN DAILY: 10am – 5pm
CLOSED: Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day
ADMISSION: *General admission to Te Manawa is free although donations are greatly appreciated. Charges may apply to some exhibitions/programmes.