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Education programmes

Waikato Museum's education programmes explore and develop the curriculum through classroom-based sessions, exhibition tours and activities. 

Explore Art, Science, Social History and Tangata Whenua history and culture through our changing exhibitions. We will work with you to develop a programme to meet your teaching and learning needs.

Admission fees

Short education programme $6 per student
Extended education programme (Big Day Out half-day)  $8 per student
Full education programme (Big Day Out full-day) $10 per student

Prices vary according to the programme selected, duration of your visit and consumables used. 

Ratios

Early childhood - 1 adult:4 students

Years 0-6 - 1 adult:8 students

Years 7-10 - 1 adult:15 students

Years 11-13 - 1 adult:30 students

These ratios include teachers/supervisors.

NOTE: One adult per the ratios listed above may attend free as a supervisor; additional adults who wish to attend beyond that ratio are charged the student fee. 

For information on class times, length, ratios and how to book, check out Information for teachers. Booking is essential for all programmes.

Science

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Exscite

The Exscite gallery is jammed-packed with great interactive ways to learn about science. The programme includes a classroom session (tailored to your group), exhibition tour and interactive fun – inclusive cost $8.

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Milk Matters: Towards Sustainable Dairying 

26 November 2016 - 29 April 2018

In this highly interactive, educational exhibition created for children and families, we explore issues and highlight advancements in agricultural science that are paving the way for a safer, more efficient and environmentally conscious industry. 

Download the Teacher Resource booklet (PDF)


 Te Rongo

Te Rongo Aaniwaniwa/A Dissonant Harmony

18 November 2017 - 18 February 2018

Bringing together work by artists from across Waikato and beyond to explore the complexity of our relationship with the kauri tree and its forest, Te Rongo Aaniwaniwa/A Dissonant Harmony inhabits the space where concepts of art, science and cultural knowledge intersect. 

 Image: Learn To Swim, Nicole Charles.


 

The New Zealand Tree Project

18 November 2017 - 18 February 2018

The New Zealand Tree Project is a film and photography project sharing imagery of majestic trees and native forests from perspectives that are rarely experienced. United in the aim of igniting interest and action in nature conservation, the team members come from a variety of backgrounds, including ecologists at the University of Waikato, arborists from Wintec and skilled visual artists from Australia.

Image: Arborist Andrew Harrison in his tree-top office. Photo: Steven Pearce.


Art

Freedom & Structure: Cubism and New Zealand Art 1930-1960

A revolutionary style, Cubism’s influence spread globally beyond Europe and the United States to Asia and Australasia, affecting other disciplines including architecture, design and fashion.

Freedom and Structure looks at the significant effect of Cubism on New Zealand painting, and reveals its impact on the work of initial adopters John Weeks, Louise Henderson and Colin McCahon, and others including Melvin Day, Charles Tole and Wilfred Stanley Wallis. This exhibition explores how these artists incorporated the radical language of this style, weaving it into their work in inventive ways. 

Featured art exhibitions:

Image: Colin McCahon, French Bay 1957, oil on canvas on board, Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1984.

 

 

 

Nigel Brown: I AM, WE ARE

A wide-ranging yet cohesive exhibition, I AM, WE ARE features exemplary works from many distinct periods of Brown’s artistic exploration over the last 35 years.

The diverse themes represented in the exhibition are all drawn together by Brown’s unmistakeable painterly style, along with his iconic symbolism and use of text. The result is a lively and high-impact exhibition celebrating the work of this prolific and engaging artist.

Featured art exhibitions:

Image: The Meeting House, Nigel Brown.

 

Geometry

Artists from almost every culture create art that is based upon geometric shapes. Everything in nature has a shape, so the very nature of drawing from nature is an attempt at recreating geometric shapes. At times, abstraction employs only pure shapes to create imagery. Pure geometric abstraction is interested in nothing other than creating illusion of depth, distance and scale by the use of line, colour, tonal scale and contrast.

Featured art exhibitions:

Image: Detail, Hone Papita Raukura “Ralph” Hotere, ONZ (1931 –2013) Te Aupouri, Te Rarawa Untitled Lacquer on board, circa 1970s. Collection of Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato.


 

Martin Poppelwell: Index

This exhibition, toured by Hastings City Art Gallery, exhibits a new body of work from Hawke’s Bay-based artist Martin Poppelwell.

This idiosyncratic look at the alphabet uses images and icons that Poppelwell has built up over years. Exploring the idea of the ‘alphabet’, the project is an acknowledgement of how in the context of New Zealand, tereoMaaori is entirely integral to how we think about English.

Featured art exhibitions:

 Image: INDEX, Martin Poppelwell. Image Richard Brimer.


Waiclay National Ceramics Award 2017

The Waiclay team and Waikato Museum works together as a partnership to develop a ceramic exhibition that is now considered to be one of the best in New Zealand. 

Featured education programmes:

  • Play with Clay (Pre-schoolers)
  • Magical Mud (Primary and up)

 Featured art exhibitions:

 Image: Aftermath, Maureen Allison, Winner of the Waiclay National Ceramics Award 2017.

Tangata whenua

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Te Whaanau Maarama:The Heavenly Bodies

Until 13 July 2018 

Tune in to the stars! Te Whaanau Maarama shines a spotlight on modern Maaori astronomy and promotes a better understanding of the history and meaning of Matariki.

Developed in partnership with the University of Waikato, this ground-breaking exhibition examines the traditional Maaori societal view of the night sky and how it is being revitalised in the modern world. 

Supported by taonga, photographs and koorero, this exhibition will help students to explore the night sky with more knowledge and understanding. The three parts of the exhibition shine a spotlight on Maaori astronomy and the evolution of Matariki over the last 20 years. Curriculum links: Social Sciences(History), Science, Technology, Art, Mathematics.

Download the Teacher Resource booklet (PDF)

Image: Detail, Matariki over Taupiri, 2015, photograph by Erica Sinclair

Social history

New Zealanders use a favourite backdrop in Egypt Collection of Richard Stowers

For Us They Fell

Until 11 November 2018

For Us They Fell is a major exhibition about the people of the Waikato and Coromandel during World War 1. Children will learn about the human side of WW1 and what life was like for soldiers and their families. Students participate in a classroom session, an exhibition tour and a practical activity before creating their own memorial memento to take home.

Image: New Zealanders in front of a favourite backdrop in Egypt. Collection of Richard Stowers.

Pre-school programmes

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The Museum is a vibrant and engaging learning experience for students of all ages, and at Waikato Museum we appreciate and value our youngest visitors. We can offer a range of early childhood programmes focused on visiting exhibitions as well as our interactive science galleries Exscite and Milk Matters. Trained teachers work with centre staff and visiting parents to provide interactive and fun programmes using music, storytelling, games and activities.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

 Teacher resources 

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Our Teacher Resource booklets contain information to assist in the planning of classroom units. They are in PDF format and are free to download. 

These booklets ask teachers to explore any one of the four areas of interest at the museum: art, science, social history and taangatawhenua. In the booklets we suggest possible areas of study and how we can enhance your programmes by providing a comprehensive education package.

Experience Art (PDF)

Experience Science (PDF)

Explore History (PDF)

Explore Tangata Whenua (PDF)

 

Archived teacher resources

Early Childhood Experience Resource booklet (PDF)

Level 1 - 4 Teacher Resource Booklet

Years 9 - 13 Teacher Resource Booklet

Art In Colour

Is it Art?

Planet Warriors

Da Vinci Mechanics 

Science Big Day Out

Discovery Dash

Early Childhood Experience

Hamilton Sesquicentennial 

With Bold Needle & Thread: Rosemary McLeod Collection 

Roman Machines 

Never A Dull Moment 

Games and Play in Great Grandfather's Day  

Science Magic