Becoming a Member or gifting membership
How can I become a Member?
Becoming a Member is easy – you can sign up online, or at any membership desk in the Gallery. Memberships purchased at the Gallery are issued on the spot.
For fastest service, sign up below.
Once we’ve processed your online application, we’ll post out a membership pack which will include your membership card and information on benefits.
Don’t want to wait for the post? You can pick up your membership pack from the Gallery. Just let us know by ticking the relevant box when signing up and we will have your new Members pack ready at our information desk on the Gallery's ground level.
Online membership purchases are usually processed within 48 hours. You will receive an email notification once your Members pack has been posted or is ready for pick up.
How much does a membership cost?
An annual membership is $65, or $55 concession (for full-time students, seniors 65 years and over, or Community Services card holders). You can add a guest pass to your membership for $25.
Am I eligible for a concession membership?
We offer concession memberships for Community Services Card holders, full-time students and seniors (65 years and over). Please bring proof of ID (Gold Card, student ID etc) when signing up.
Can I purchase membership as a gift?
Yes – membership to Auckland Art Gallery makes the perfect gift.
You may also purchase gift memberships at any membership desk in the Gallery.
I don’t live in New Zealand, can I still become a Member?
Everyone is welcome to become a Member of Auckland Art Gallery. International Members enjoy the same benefits as New Zealand Members, which means you can visit all our exhibitions free of charge as often as you like (the International Visitor charge does not apply to International Members). Please note that it can take up to four weeks for your membership to arrive via international post, depending on your location.
I own or work for a business and would like to have a membership that all my staff can use, how can I do this?
At this stage our Membership is for individuals only, and is non transferrable. May we suggest that you consider purchasing gift memberships for your staff? If you have further questions please email email@example.com.
Is my membership tax deductible?
Your membership fee is not tax deductible, but any donation you make to Auckland Art Gallery over $5 is tax deductible and we will automatically send you a tax receipt. You can make a donation as part of the membership sign up or renewal process or by emailing us.
How secure is my online payment?
To ensure your security, credit card details are sent through a secure payment server. The currency referred to is New Zealand dollars. The accepted cards are Visa and Mastercard.
For security reasons we do not accept credit card payments via email or phone.
Member benefits and guest passes
Do Members get free entry to ticketed exhibitions?
Yes, Auckland Art Gallery Members receive free entry to paid exhibitions. The full list of benefits includes:
- FREE unlimited entry to paid exhibitions
- Exclusive exhibition previews
- Members lounge access
- Invitations to regular talks or behind-the-scenes tours
- Regular email newsletters
- 50% discount off Reading Room: A Journal of Art and Culture
- $12.50 movie and $15.50 3D tickets1 at Rialto Cinemas Newmarket including Friday and Saturday nights
- 10% discount off food and beverage at our café
- 10% discount at our shop
- 10% discount off venue hire at the Gallery
- Excludes Beyond Film, alternate content, film festivals, special events and screenings. Discount cannot be claimed on online ticket purchases.
- Excludes sales and promotions. Discount not currently available online.
If you would like to bring a guest, please purchase one of our guest passes at the Gallery or when signing up online.
How does the guest pass work? How do I get a guest pass?
If you’d like to bring others to our many events or previews, add a $25 guest pass when signing up online or purchase at the Gallery. A guest pass is valid in conjunction with your annual membership and is loaded onto your existing membership card. Present this at a membership desk to receive your tickets to our paid exhibitions, or scan your card at the door to the Members Lounge to gain access to the lounge and tea and coffee facilities.
Do I need tickets to view paid exhibitions?
As a Member, you receive free admission to the Gallery’s paid exhibitions, excluding special events. Please present your membership card at the ticket counter when entering a paid exhibition and we will issue your entry pass on the spot. You may visit the exhibition for free as often as you like.
Do I receive Gallery discounts with my membership?
Yes – Members receive a 10% discount in our shop*, at our café on level 1 and on Auckland Art Gallery venue hire. Reading Room: A Journal of Art and Culture published by Auckland Art Gallery is available to members at a 50% discount. Present your membership card at Rialto Cinemas Newmarket to receive $12.50 movie and $15.50 3D tickets. Offer includes Friday and Saturday nights but excludes Beyond Film, alternate content, film festivals, special events and screenings. Movie discount cannot be claimed on online ticket purchases.
* Discount not currently available online
What are Member previews and how do I attend?
Member previews are exclusive opportunities to view special exhibitions before they open to the public. Information about preview dates and times will be emailed to Members in advance.
How can I sign up to receive membership emails?
When you sign up as one of our Members, you will be automatically subscribed to the Members enewsletter. This way you will stay informed and receive advance notices of exhibitions, programmes, events and special offers. You may unsubscribe from these updates at any time.
Are you a Member, but you are not receiving our monthly newsletters in your inbox? Please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or 09 870 6173.
What area(s) of the Gallery are available exclusively for Members?
The Members lounge on Level 2 of the Gallery is available exclusively for Members to meet and relax in during their visit. Free tea and coffee making facilities are provided and magazines and books are available to read.
How and when can I use the Members lounge?
You can access the Members lounge and its facilities on Level 2 by scanning your membership card on the card reader next to the lounge door.
The lounge is generally available to Members during Gallery opening hours (Open 10am – 4pm. Fri 10am – 9pm), however the lounge might be closed at times for an internal event or function.
While we always try to give advance notice of lounge closures through the Members enewsetter, on rare occasions this may not be possible. We appreciate your understanding and apologise for any inconvenience.
I work for an art gallery or museum, and we are interested in reciprocal rights.
Please email email@example.com and let us know that you’re interested.
Renewing and managing my membership
How can I renew my membership?
You will receive an email notification with online payment link if your membership comes up for renewal. Alternatively, you can renew at any desk in the Gallery or post your cheque together with your renewal form to:
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
PO Box 5449
Victoria St West
How can I update my postal address or contact information?
You can change any of your personal details by emailing us your new information and we will update your records. Please include your membership card number, full name and address.
I have already renewed my membership. Why am I still receiving renewal notices?
Due to processing times, your payment and renewal notice may cross paths. To confirm that we have received your membership payment, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please disregard any notices you receive after your payment has been submitted.
Membership 2020 price change
I’ve heard the price of the Gallery membership is changing, can you tell me more?
From 7 March 2020, prices for an annual Gallery membership will be as follows:
Standard membership, $65
Concession membership*, $55
Guest pass, $25
These prices also apply to gift memberships.
*full-time students, seniors (65 and over) and Community Service cardholders.
Why are the prices of membership changing?
In 2020, membership offers greater returns than ever before, including free unlimited entry to four major international shows and discounts to related events in this calendar year. The new prices reflect the increased value of membership. It is the first time since the Membership programme was launched in 2016 that we are changing the price of a membership.
When will the changes take effect?
On Saturday 7 March 2020.
I am already a Member, can I renew my membership before 7 March for the current price?
If your membership expires before 20 March 2020 you can renew your membership at the current price, as long as you renew before 7 March. Memberships that expire after 20 March cannot be renewed before the new prices are introduced on 7 March. If your membership expires before 20 March, you will receive an email with an online renewal link from us before 7 March. Please get in touch with the membership team if you would like to know when your membership expires: email@example.com or 09 890 6173.
Are the Members benefits changing?
The package of Members benefits stays the same. Click here for a full benefits overview.
Are the Members guest passes changing?
From 7 March 2020, the price of a guest pass will be $25, and you can add one guest pass to your membership, rather than the current three.
Why is the arrangement around guest passes changing?
We still love you to share your Members experience with your friends and family, and the option to add a guest pass to your membership enables you to do so. It is however no longer financially viable for the Gallery to offer you to share your Members benefits with more than one person. Do you have loved ones who enjoy visiting the Gallery on a regular basis? Please encourage them to become a Member in their own right, so they get to enjoy the full membership experience.
I currently have more than one guest pass added to my membership, can I keep using them?
Absolutely. All guest passes purchased before 7 March 2020 will stay valid until your current membership is up for renewal. Scroll below to read more about guest passes.
I am interested in purchasing a three-year membership; is this possible?
Currently, you can only purchase a one-year membership, but we are planning to introduce a three-year membership in the winter of 2020. Three-year memberships will be available for Standard and Senior Members only, current students and Community Services card holders will only be able to purchase a one-year membership. These will be prices for a three-year Gallery membership:
Standard membership – three years, $180
Senior membership – three years, $150
Guest pass – three years, $75
A current one-year membership cannot be converted to a three-year membership. The launch of the three-year membership will be announced through our Members e-newsletter.
I am part of one of the other donor groups of the Gallery, what are the changes for me?
There are currently no fee or benefit changes planned for those affiliated with the Gallery’s Foundation, Contemporary Benefactors, Patrons or International Ambassadors. Please get in touch with your donor group representative for more information.
When will I receive my membership card? Can I visit the Gallery without my card?
If you sign up at our membership desks within the Gallery, we will issue your membership card straight away.
If you sign up online or by post, you will receive your membership card by mail within 7–10 business days.
In order to receive discounts or access the Members Lounge you’ll need to present your card. You can visit the Gallery and its free exhibitions without your membership card but you can’t take advantage of the benefits without your Members card.
I have lost my membership card, how do I replace it?
If you have lost your membership card we are happy to replace it. A replacement card is free if you have been a Member for over a year, otherwise you incur a $10 service and replacement fee. Simply stop by any membership desk in the Gallery to make payment and a new card will be issued on the spot. Alternatively you can email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us you need a replacement card and we’ll post one to your home address..
Will I receive a new membership card when I renew my membership?
No. Once your membership card is issued you can keep the same card for as long as you remain a financial Member of Auckland Art Gallery. We are happy to replace your card free of charge if necessary when your membership comes up for renewal.
Where can I find my membership card number?
Your membership card number is located on the back of your permanent membership card.
Can I designate a second membership cardholder?
Our membership programme is for individual Members only. If you’d like to bring others to any of our many events and previews, add a $25 guest pass when signing up online or purchase at the Gallery. A guest pass is valid in conjunction with your annual membership and will be loaded onto your membership card.
Can I give my membership card to someone else to use?
Membership cards are non-transferable. For information on bringing guests to the Gallery, please see the Member benefits FAQs above.