MOTAT, New Zealand’s Museum of Transport and Technology is much more interesting than I remembered it to be. Aside from special events like Halloween, or my recent visit to the Aviation Dispaly Hall (MOTAT 2), I hadn’t been to the main MOTAT museum in years, not since my girls were little. So, when it came to choosing a big outing for the Pippin group (5-6 year old girls), MOTAT seemed the ideal choice.
For kids, it’s as great as I remembered. Hands-on, interactive displays are everywhere, offering multiple levels of understanding, making it suitable for all ages. Younger ones just seem to have fun while discovering relationships and reactions, while older children can get in depth knowledge on various technological advances. For adults like me, it is bizarre to see things from my childhood in a museum, but interesting to follow the transformation of technology even within my own lifetime.
Here are some of our highlights, as Sarah and I continue to test out our new camera lenses. (Mine an Olympus 14-150mm lens and hers a Canon 24mm lens). Sarah will share her artistic style in a later post:
- MOTAT is open everyday from 10am – 5pm (excluding Christmas Day).
- The third Sunday of each month is a Live Day with more hands-on exhibits, steam train rides and even a horse and carriage at the main MOTAT location. While it will be more crowded, you do get more for your money.
- There is a cafe offering a nice variety including gluten free, vegetarian selections, and a decent cup of coffee.
- MOTAT is located at 805 Great North Road, Western Springs. The Aviation Display Hall is in a separate location about 2.5 km from the main museum.
- The entry fee includes both museums and the Western Springs tram that travels between the two. Parking is generally easier at the Aviation Hall. We parked there and took the tram.
- The main MOTAT museum has both indoor and outdoor sections. It is located in several buildings spread out around the complex, so keep the weather in mind when you dress for the day.
- More information on the official MOTAT website.
Have you been to MOTAT lately? Do you prefer interactive or visual museums?
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Disclaimer: I was a guest of MOTAT, however my group paid their admission fees. The opinions expressed here are strictly my own.
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