Learning at Nairn Street Cottage

Nairn Street Cottage illustrates the story of Wellington through the Wallis family.

The oldest original settler dwelling in Wellington, the Cottage and heritage garden provide learning opportunities in a range of learning areas and across all levels.


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.

For information and to make an education booking at Wellington Museum email us or phone us on 04 472 8904.

Past Times Pastimes Levels 1–4 (Years 5–8)
Using hands-on activities, games and artefacts, explore various aspects of colonial life and how it compares to modern day living.

WWI Life at Home Levels 1–4 (Years 5–8)
Take a look at the Wallis family story and explore the characteristics of life at home during WWI.

Te Aro o ngā Tupuna Levels 3–4 (Years 7–10)
Using our site and displays, see how the Wallis family survived and thrived in Wellington (students often combine this with a visit to Te Aro Pā to get a full perspective on the use of the land and resources and the impacts of colonisation).

Continuity and Change (NCEA History) Levels 7–8 (Years 11–13)
Programmes are tailored to the requests of teachers and based on NCEA achievement standards – examples include Māori History Project, Wakefield Scheme, analysis of colonisation and WWI Home Front.


To make a booking or to find out more about our education programmes contact us on 04 472 8904 or by using the link below.


Take a look at our learning programmes at:

Wellington Museum

Cable Car Museum

Space Place

Download Wellington Museum’s learning guide.


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