Wellington Museum


Wellington’s award-winning museum gives students the chance to connect the past, present and future through stories, taonga and objects of Te Upoko o te Ika a Māui. Explore the environment, events, people and places of the capital city. We offer learning experiences for school students of all ages and our programmes support a range of curriculum areas.

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.

Museum Highlights

Wellington Museum

Museum Highlights

All year levels.

This visit is ​$2​ per student (adults ​free).

Can be adapted to suit all year levels. The Wellington Museum Highlights concentrates on our most interactive areas of the museum, The Attic and the Maritime Floor and includes one Audio Visual of choice. This 1-hour programme makes time for a few select top Wellington stories based on either People, Place or Action depending on your focus and is supported by an age-appropriate discovery trail.

Duration: 1 hour.

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Head of the Fish/Te Ūpoko o Te Ika

Wellington's people, places, and history

Years 1 -4.

This visit is ​$3 per student (adults ​free).

Our Head of the Fish/Te Ūpoko o Te Ika programme invites students to get to know their capital city and Wellington region better: its people, places, and history. Suitable for regional schools and also for those coming to Wellington for a capital city experience.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes.

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Small Steps and Big Changes

Changemakers

Year 5 – 6.

This visit is ​$3 per student (adults ​free).

This programme invites students to gain an insight into how people make positive changes and contributions to society by hearing stories of ​changemakers told through museum exhibits.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

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Treasure Island

Treasure Island

With Wellington Museum, Department of Conservation and East By West Ferries

Year 5+.

This visit is ​$16 ​per student and ​$13​ per adult. Includes ferry trip to Matiu Island (return). Option to book a guided tour with a DOC forest ranger on Matiu/Somes Island for an additional charge of ​$2​. Must be arranged with DOC.

This programme begins with a visit to Wellington Museum where students find out about the many facets of our harbour, the beautiful, the prosperous and the hidden. They then set sail to Matiu/Somes Island by ferry and continue discovering more of the diverse roles of our harbour in the past and present.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes Wellington Museum plus a Ferry trip and visit to Somes Island.

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Harbour and Hills​

Harbour and Hills​

With Wellington Museum and Cable Car Museum

Year 3 – 8.

This visit includes visit to Wellington Museum, Cable Car Museum and Cable Car fare. Single Trip ​$6.00​ per student and ​$2.50​ per adult, OR Return Trip ​$8.00​ per student and ​$4.50​ per adult.

This programme introduces students to stories of our harbour, from its creation (Ngake and Whataitai) to its uses over time and its special place in the center of New Zealand. The programme continues with a ride on the Cable Car, an appreciation of the view at the top and finishes with a visit to the Cable Car Museum. Students are introduced to many stories around the history of the Cable Car, from the planning process to the first rides to a little girl who helped her engineer father clear the way before blasting through the rocks to construct the tunnels and many more. Students are invited to climb aboard the original Cable Car in style – with our dress-ups.

Duration: 1 hours 30 minutes at Wellington Museum, and Cable Car trip, and 45 minutes at the Cable Car Museum.

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Solar System and Beyond

Star Path

A magical exploration of navigation, journeys, and arrivals

Years 5 – 8.

This visit is ​$13.00 per student, including entry to both Space Place and Wellington Museum and a one-way trip on the Wellington Cable Car.

Embark on a journey of discovery, focusing on the opportunities and challenges of exploration and navigation, from the early Polynesian wayfinders to the satellite technology that we use today. In this joint venture between Space Place and Wellington Museum, students learn how to identify constellations in the southern skies and find out about the incredible navigational techniques and tools of adventurers who crossed the Pacific Ocean to settle in Aotearoa.

Duration: 1 hour 30 mins at Wellington Museum 2 hours at Space Place and Cable Car trip.

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A Place to Call Home

A Place to Call Home

Tangata Whenua

Years 5 – 8.

This visit is ​$3 per student (adults ​free).

This programme invites students to explore how early Polynesian, early British and modern migrations to New Zealand have continuing significance to New Zealand’s society.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

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Streams and stormwater

Streams and Stormwater

Urbanisation

Year 7 – 10.

This visit is ​$3 per student (adults ​free).

This programme gives students the opportunity to discover and locate hidden streams of Wellington and use museum exhibits to critically examine the continuing impact of urbanisation on local communities. The programme includes an outdoor component. Fieldwork includes visiting Kumutoto Stream and Wellington Harbour.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

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Wahine Disaster

Te Waka Wahine

Wahine Disaster

Year 6 – 13.

This visit is ​$3 per student (adults ​free).

The sinking of the Lyttelton–Wellington ferry Wahine on 10 April 1968 was New Zealand’s worst modern maritime disaster. The programme invites students to examine cause and effects as well as significance of this tragedy through artefacts, audio – visual links, stories from survivors and ethical perspectives.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

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Small steps big changes

Small steps big changes

Protest and Action

Year 7 – 13.

This visit is ​$3 per student (adults ​free).

This programme invites students to reflect on the driving factors behind social change. Focusing on objects in Wellington Museum’s collection, such as the 1975 Hīkoi led by the late Dame Whina Cooper, and Nuclear-Free Wellington, students tackle contemporary issues such as human rights, environmentalism and the impacts of colonisation.

Durations: 1 hour 30 minutes

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Behind the Scenes in the Museum

Taonga

Year 7 – 8.

This visit is ​$3 per student (adults ​free).

This programme invites students to gain an insight into how objects in the museum convey stories, how the objects are sourced, why they are significant and how they are being looked after.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes.

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Geography 2.2

Geography 2.2

Geographic Concepts

Year 12.

This visit is ​$3 per student (adults ​free).

Students understand how natural and cultural environments develop and change with time, with reference to the urban pattern/s they are studying. Can include fieldwork and/or research.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes.

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NCEA History

NCEA History

Historical Events

Year 11 – 13.

This visit is ​$3 per student (adults ​free).

Tailored to the requests of teachers and based on NCEA achievement standards significant events and people, such as Dame Whina Cooper, Wakefield Scheme, Wahine Disaster, protest and action.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes.

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