Learning at Wellington Museum

Unlock the secrets of Wellington.

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. 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, including social studies, English, science, technology, mathematics, and drama.


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.

Our Place to Call Home Levels 1–2 (Years 1–4)
Learn about the journey, arrival and settlement of Wellington’s diverse society through a hands-on and interactive session.

Māori Myths and Legends Levels 1–4 (Years 1–8)
Explore the myths and legends of the Wellington region, with reference to the Pepper’s Ghost projection and taonga – poupou and tukutuku – housed in our collection.

Te Whanganui a Tara All levels
Learn about the place, the people and our relationships with the city. This can be tailored and focused on different regions and curriculum levels. Suitable for regional schools and also for those coming to Wellington for a capital city experience.

Behind the Scenes in the Museum Levels 1–4 (Years 1–8)
Be inspired by and gain insights into the museum world. From choosing and storing objects to curating exhibitions, learn how people choose to record history.

Behind the Scenes in the Museum Level 5-8 (Years 9-13)
From selecting objects and stories to curating an exhibition, students examine bias, perspectives, contested histories and the role of the 21st-century museum.

Writers’ Workshop Levels 3–4 (Years 5–8)
Look at Wellington through the words of writers and poets. Take a guided tour along the Wellington Writers Walk, learn the stories behind the words, and back at Wellington Museum develop these concepts into your own pieces of writing.

Streams and Stormwater Levels 3–5 (Years 5–10)
Learn how the use and management of water resources affect the urban environment. Field work includes visiting Kumutoto Stream and Wellington Harbour.

Te Ara o ngā Tupuna Levels 4–8 (Years 7–13)
Arrival and settlement of the Wellington region – this programme is tailored to meet year levels and individual student/school requirements. Includes a walk around sites of significance.

Te Waka Wahine Levels 4–8 (Years 5–13)
The sinking of the Lyttelton–Wellington ferry Wahine on 10 April 1968 was New Zealand’s worst modern maritime disaster. Students examine cause and effects, perspectives and significance of this tragedy. Senior students have the opportunity to meet people involved in the Wahine disaster.

Making a Difference Levels 4–8 (Years 5–13)
Tackle contemporary issues such as human rights, environmentalism and the impacts of colonisation. Focusing on objects in Wellington Museum’s collection, such as the 1975 Hikoi led by the late Dame Whina Cooper, and Nuclear Free Wellington.

Geography 2.2 Level 7 (Years 11–13)
Students understand how natural and cultural environments develop and change with time, with reference to the urban pattern/s they are studying. Can include field work and/or research.

NCEA History Levels 7–8 (Years 11–13)
Tailored to the requests of teachers and based on NCEA achievement standards – examples include Māori History Project, Wakefield Scheme, World War I, World War II, and 1913 Strike.

Harbour and Hills Levels 7–8 (Years 11–13)
Visit Wellington Museum and Cable Car Museum and see how places influence people and people influence places.

Te Aho a Māui Levels 1–4 (Years 1–8)
An extended version of Māori Myths and Legends, this includes a guided visit to the City to Sea Bridge and a session at Wellington Central Library or City Gallery Wellington. Library sessions for younger students involve storytelling and for older students digital literacy and research.

Capital City Connections Levels 2–4 (Years 5–8)
This is a cross-curricular, full-day programme where students get a taste of the arts, culture, heritage, science and technology as they experience their capital city and their relationships with it. With City Gallery Wellington, Space Place and Capital E.

Star Path Levels 3–4 (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. With Wellington Museum and Space Place.


Take a look at our learning programmes at:

Cable Car Museum

Nairn Street Cottage

Space Place

Download Wellington Museum’s learning guide.


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