Intermediate Programmes


Contact 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

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.

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

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A place to call home

Place to Call Home

Tangata Whenua

Years 5 – 8

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.

Key words: tangata whenua, New Zealand Company, Whina Cooper, 1975 hīkoi, Te tiriti o Waitangi.

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Streams and stormwater

Streams and Stormwater

Urbanisation

Years 7 – 10

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.

Key words: Wellington Harbour, kaitiakitanga, guardianship,hiddenstreams,tangatawhenua, kai moana, long fin eels, urbanisation, urban design, permeable and impermeable surfaces, kumutoto stream, land reclamation, future cities.

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

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Wahine Disaster

Te Waka Wahine

Wahine Diaster

Years 6 – 13

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.

Key words: Wahine disaster, cause and effect, cyclone Giselle,CookStrait,lifejacket,rugged coasts, survivor stories, maritime history.

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

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Small steps big changes

Protest and Action

Years 7 – 13

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.

Key words: changemakers, protestandaction, significantevents,socialjustice, humanrights, battle of Molesworth Street, inner city bypass, nuclear free Wellington,1975hīkoi/landmarch, 1913 strikes, homosexual law reform

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

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Behind the Scenes in the Museum

Behind the Scenes in the Museum

Taonga

Years 7 – 8

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.

Key words: taonga, talking objects, resources, sources of the past, curation, labels, preservation, conservation, kaitiakitanga/guardianship.

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

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Explore the solar system

Explore the Solar System

Tour the Solar system

Years 5–10+ (Levels 2–5)

You’ll begin with the Earth, Sun and Moon, before setting off to explore the planets of the Solar System and the relationships between them all. The planetarium show Dynamic Earth and We Are Astronomers works well with this programme.

  • $7.50 per student
  • $7.50 per adult helper
  • One teacher or adult helper per ten students is free
  • Teacher aides are free

 

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Extremophiles

Extremophiles

Wonderful world of extremophiles

Years 7–10+ (Levels 4–5+)

Explore and understand the weird and wonderful world of extremophiles. Find out what they are, where they could live and why they are so important. The planetarium show We Are Aliens works well with this programme.

  • $7.50 per student
  • $7.50 per adult helper
  • One teacher or adult helper per ten students is free
  • Teacher aides are free

 

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Astronomical Cycles and Timescales

Astronomical Cycles and Timescales 

Astronomical timekeeping and calendars

Years 7–10+ (Levels 4–5+)

Explore astronomical timekeeping and calendars from many different cultures around the world. Take a look at Te Maramataka and other lunar and solar calendars, how they are used and the stories hidden in the stars.

  • $7.50 per student
  • $7.50 per adult helper
  • One teacher or adult helper per ten students is free
  • Teacher aides are free

 

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Asteroids in the Solar System

Hunting for Asteroids

Asteroids in the Solar System

Years 8–10+ (Levels 4–5+)

Students use customised astronomical software and real telescope data to hunt for asteroids in the Solar System (number limitations apply).

  • $7.50 per student
  • $7.50 per adult helper
  • One teacher or adult helper per ten students is free
  • Teacher aides are free

 

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Roving Robots

Roving Robots

Programming Edison robots

Years 7 + (Levels 4 – 5+)

Space Place is proud to announce its new education programme Roving Robots made possible by funding from the Pelorus Trust. In this programme students will learn how to programme Edison robots using Edware software in order to complete a number of different challenges. The planetarium shows Back to the Moon for Good and We Are Aliens work well with this programme.

Please notewe accept a maximum of 25  students for this session, this programme requires an hour long workshop and will not include gallery exploration time like all other Space Place workshops.

  • $7.50 per student
  • $7.50 per adult helper
  • One teacher or adult helper per ten students is free
  • Teacher aides are free

 

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Cable Car Museum

The Wellington Cable Car 

Look into the city’s past and present changes in technology

Years 5–8 (Levels 1–4)

Look into the city’s past and present changes in technology, and how the Wellington Cable Car has played a big part in how the city has developed.

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Solar System and Beyond

Solar System and Beyond

Fly through our Solar System

Years 5–10+ (Levels 2–5+)

Fly through our Solar System, find out what galaxies are and see the Hubble Deep Sky Field during this special interactive tour number limitations apply). This is an interactive tour, with video snippets and gallery challenges. It’s a perfect introduction to Space and for students on School Camps to Wellington.

  • $7.50 per student
  • $7.50 per adult helper
  • One teacher or adult helper per ten students is free
  • Teacher aides are free

 

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Telescope Tour

Telescope Tour

Discover our collection of Telescopes

Years 7–10+ (Levels 4–5+)

Discover the collection of telescopes at Space Place; learn about how different types of telescopes work and construct a working telescope!

  • $7.50 per student
  • $7.50 per adult helper
  • One teacher or adult helper per ten students is free
  • Teacher aides are free

 

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Nairn Street Cottage

Nairn Street Cottage

Home of the Wallis family

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.

Years 5 – 8

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

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

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Collaborations with our other sites


We offer collaborative education programmes between Cable Car Museum, Space Place and Wellington Museum. These are ​full-day programmes. More information on timings on enquiry with the education team.

Astronomical Cycles and Timescales
Star Path – A magical exploration of navigation, journeys, and arrivals

With Wellington Museum and Space Place

Years 5 – 8

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.

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.

Adults ​$2.50​ for a one-way Cable Car ride.

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Treasure Island

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

Year 5 and up

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.

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.

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Harbour and Hills​

With Wellington Museum and Cable Car

Years 3 – 8

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.

This visit includes a 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.

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Newfangled

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

Years 5 – 10

This programme introduces students to objects and stories in our collection relating to revolutionary technologies and inventions straight out of Wellington. Students will be able to explore, name, identify and critique products invented by Wellingtonians for the use in Wellington’s characteristic weather and its nature as well as the cultural environment. The programme continues with a one-way cable car ride and a visit to the Cable Car Museum.

This visit includes a 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.

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