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Interactive centre for discovery

Exscite is Waikato Museum's interactive centre for discovery. It's a hands-on space where tamariki can play and learn through tactile and immersive surroundings.

Build something new with our big Lego bricks, connect the circuit wall to make the lights sparkle, or gather around the firepit to share stories. There's always something to discover!

Last year we launched Exscite: Home, the first phase of our redevelopment project which showcases the way science is an integral part of everyday life. Nau mai, haere mai.


Renovations at Exscite

Exscite will be undergoing its second stage of renovations from Friday 12 April to Thursday 4 July 2024.

The upper floor will be temporarily closed to the public, while the recently refurbished ground floor remains open and ready for your kids to explore. Cost of admission will be reduced during this period.

Late opening

Exscite will be opening late on Monday 27 May 2024 so that some work can be done on the elevator. Exscite will be open from 12pm instead of the usual 10am opening.



Reduced pricing

  • Adult $2.50
  • Child (3-15 years) $5
  • Child 2 years and under - free
  • Family Pass (two adults and up to four children) $14.50



Sometimes Exscite gets very busy and we have to limit the number of visitors so that everyone can enjoy the space. This is more likely to happen during busy days in the school holidays or public holiday weekends.

If Exscite is full when you arrive, our team will ask for a contact number so that we can phone you as soon as there's room for your whaanau to visit. Thanks for your patience!


Buy an annual pass and save!

Love visiting Exscite? We have one-year passes available so you can visit again and again and again.

Annual pass

  • Child (3-15 years) $37
  • Child 2 years and under - free
  • Flexi Annual Pass (1 child + 1 Adult) $50
  • Family Annual Pass (4 children + 2 adults) $115

Call us on 07 838 6606 for details.

Terms and conditions:

  • An Annual Pass cannot be purchased or used in conjunction with any other form of discount or special.
  • Ticket is non transferrable and non-refundable.
  • Children under 15 must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver while in the Museum including Exscite.
  • Please show your pass to the reception desk with ID to receive your entry sticker once purchased.


Education programme

Kia ora teachers! Education programmes are available for this exhibition.