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Six Extinctions

12 April - 21 July 2024

Open daily 10am to 5pm

Entry fees apply

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Get face to face with some of history’s largest and deadliest predators in Six Extinctions.

Visit Waikato Museum to take a journey through 485 million years exploring an incredible collection of replica fossils, life-like models, large artworks, and a life-sized cast of the largest Tyrannosaurus rex ever discovered!

You’ll meet the top predators from past geological periods including Dunkleosteus, a giant armoured fish that terrorised the seas; Inostrancevia, a tiger-sized sabre-toothed beast; and Postosuchus, a huge crocodile-like carnivorous reptile at this eye-opening exhibition produced by Australia’s Gondwana Studios.

Learn about what caused the five previous mass extinction events, what became extinct, and how this shaped the world we know today. While these catastrophic events are a natural part of life on Earth, Six Extinctions also explores the sixth and current extinction crisis – climate change – which is the first caused by a single species, humans.

Entry fees apply. Last time for entry to Six Extinctions is 4pm.



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Entry to Six Extinctions

  • Adult $15
  • Child (3 to 15 years) $10
  • Infant (0 to 2 years) Free
  • Concession $13.50
  • Family Pass (2 Adults, up to 4 Children) $48

Booking fees may apply. Full T&Cs below.

Six Extinctions + Exscite bundle

  • Adult $16
  • Child (3 to 15 years) $13.50
  • Infant (0 to 2 years) Free
  • Family Pass (2 Adults, up to 4 Children) $59

Booking fees may apply. Full T&Cs below.



Six Extinctions opening celebration

13 April 2024 from 10am

Come along for free face painting, entertaining characters, and more than 100 spot prizes to celebrate the opening of Six Extinctions! Find out more.



Kia ora teachers! We have Education Programmes available for this exhibition which runs throughout Term 2.


Terms and conditions for ticket purchase

Admission tickets are valid for entry on the specified date and, if applicable, time period.

All sales are final and ticket purchases are nonrefundable. Your ticket may be transferred to another date. Any changes must be made through the same method as purchase (online or at the Museum’s front desk).

Tickets may not be re-sold for a premium or used for advertising, promotion or other commercial purposes without written consent of Waikato Museum.

Concession applies to students, Friends of Waikato Museum, senior citizens (65+) and Community Services Card holders.

Last time for entry to Six Extinctions is 4pm, unless otherwise indicated for special events.

Please retain your sticker as proof of purchase for re-entry on the same day.

Children under 15 are not permitted entry unless accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

In the Six Extinctions exhibition, you are welcome to take photos and videos for personal, non-commercial use. Please be considerate of other visitors when using your camera.

When entry to Six Extinctions is purchased in a bundle with entry to Exscite, entry must be on the same day. Please note that a waitlist may be required for entry to Exscite on busy days.

Waikato Museum reserves the right to refuse admission and/or remove any person, without refund, whose conduct Waikato Museum deems inappropriate or who fails to comply with our visitor policies.

We reserve the right to make changes to these Terms and Conditions at any time without prior notice.

Renovations at Exscite

Waikato Museum's interactive centre for discovery Exscite will be undergoing its second stage of renovations during the Six Extinctions exhibition from Monday 8 April to Friday 5 July 2024.

The upper floor will be closed to the public, while the recently refurbished ground floor remains open and ready for your kids to explore. Ticketing costs have been reduced to reflect this temporary change.