About the exhibition

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Due to Auckland’s extreme weather event on Friday 27 January, the spectacular immersive exhibition Renaissance: The Age of Genius is being moved from the Aotea Centre to the main stage at The Civic and will reopen on Friday 3 February at 10 am. See this amazing exhibition, direct from Europe and featuring more than 500 of the world’s greatest masterpieces, at Auckland’s own masterpiece, The Civic.

The multimedia exhibition that brings to life works by artists including Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Sandro Botticelli, Titian and Caravaggio will be located on the main stage at The Civic, gifting visitors the bonus experience afforded to few. These paintings from museums worldwide are shown using specialist multimedia projection, transporting visitors along an awe-inspiring journey through the art of the 15th and 16th Centuries.

The scale of the projection sees the artworks at roughly twice human height, thrusting viewers into the atmosphere of the paintings and offering a rare insight into what was going through the minds of these geniuses hundreds of years ago.

Mysterious La Giocondo (Mona Lisa) by da Vinci, The Birth of Venus by Botticelli, flawless Madonnas by Raphael, terrifying Medusa by Caravaggio, Sistine Chapel frescoes by Michelangelo, mythological allegories, religious subjects, portraits of famous nobles and beauties of the Renaissance era – all these images will remain in everyone’s memory as a unique range of impressions.

Presented by The Stetson Group, producers of The Art of Banksy and Michelangelo – A Different View and described by NZ Arts Review as “a spectacular view of the art of the past”, Renaissance: The Age of Genius will now run through to 19 February.

Resuming at The Civic from 3 February

4th January – 19th February.

Hours: 10am-5pm, 7 days a week.  No entry after 4.30pm.


General admission: $45*

FREE ENTRY for children under 12 with a general admission ticket

Click here for any day tickets

VIP Tickets: $95*

Click here for VIP tickets

*service fees apply

What’s included with a VIP ticket?

Hear about the exhibition from former Sistine Chapel guide and NZ’s foremost expert on Renaissance art, Dr Christopher Longhurst.


Exhibition video runs for 40 minutes. People can come into the exhibition at any time and can stay longer if they want to see a repeat of any material.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I park?

The Civic Car Park is an 828-space covered car park under Aotea Square. Accessibility parking is available.  Entry is from Greys Avenue and Mayoral Drive.  For more information on The Civic Car Park click here

How much time do I need to see the experience?

Experience in Europe shows that most visitors to RENAISSANCE The Age Of Genius spend around 60 minutes at the exhibition.

Can I take photos and videos?

Yes, you are more than welcome to take non-professional photos and videos inside the exhibition, but we request that you be considerate of other visitors when doing so. No flash photography. When posting images and comments on social media, please use the hashtag #RENAuckland to share your experience. No professional photography or filming is permitted.

Can I buy tickets onsite?

Yes, there is a box office on-site, but advance bookings are highly recommended. There is no Service Fee payable for box office ticket purchases, but credit card charges will apply.

Is it suitable for children?

We encourage the attendance of children by making entry free for youngsters under 12 years of age, accompanied by at least one adult.

When should I arrive?

As there are no specified viewing times, you should plan to give yourself time to relax upon arrival.  If there are queues you can pass the time absorbing the additional exhibition material at the entry, or maybe enjoy a coffee or refreshment at The Terrace Café overlooking Aotea Square. 

What is the best way to see the exhibition?

We encourage you to move around freely in the exhibition space and to take your time viewing the exhibition from different perspectives, while being mindful of other visitors in the venue. Limited seating will also be available.

Can I book a ticket for a specific time?

No, all tickets are non-date specific to allow you the ability to choose which day you’d like to attend. Specific times are available if attending the very popular VIP sessions.

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