Nairn Street Cottage


Nairn Street Cottage is a hidden gem illustrating the story of early European settlers through the Wallis family. The oldest original settler dwelling in Wellington, the cottage and heritage garden provide learning opportunities across all levels.

Get in touch with our team to discuss your requirements and any questions you may have for your next visit. Please note that charges apply for all our education programmes.

Nairn Street Cottage

Nairn Street Cottage

Home of the Wallis Family

Year 3 – 4.

This visit is ​$4​ per student (adults ​free).

This programme invites students into the home of the Wallis family, the oldest remaining home of its kind in Wellington. Students will hear the family’s arrival story and are able to participate in a guided visit of the cottage. As students move through the cottage they travel through different eras represented by artefacts from three generations who have lived in the home over time. Students are invited to appreciate and understand how social and technological changes affect people.

Students will be able to learn about the difference between past and present living conditions of families. They will be able to find out about the daily routines of families and their children and how these have changed over time.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes.

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Nairn Street Cottage

Nairn Street Cottage

Wellington's people, places, and history

Year 5-8.

This visit is ​$4​ per student (adults ​free).

This programme invites students into the home of the Wallis family, the oldest remaining home of its kind in Wellington. Students will hear the family’s arrival story and are able to participate in a guided visit of the cottage. As students move through the cottage they travel through different eras represented by artefacts from three generations who have lived in the home over time. Students are invited to appreciate and understand how social and technological changes affect people.

Students are invited to appreciate and understand how social and technological changes affected the three generations who resided at the cottage over time.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes.

Enquire here

Place to Call Home

Place to Call Home

Waves of Migration

Year 9-13.

This visit is ​$4​ per student (adults ​free).

This programme invites students into the home of the Wallis family, the oldest remaining home of its kind in Wellington. Students will hear the family’s arrival story and are able to participate in a guided visit of the cottage. As students move through the cottage they travel through different eras represented by artefacts from three generations who have lived in the home over time. Students are invited to appreciate and understand how social and technological changes affect people. 

Students are invited to critically examine socio-economic factors that affect society. Conversations around topics such as education, gender divide, technology, colonisation, the wage gap, birth control are encouraged

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes.

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