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.
|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.
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.
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.
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.
Sunlight - Ihi Komaru
21 January - 30 April 2017
Sunlight - Ihi Komaru is a hands-on interactive touring exhibition that tells the story of sunlight in Engligh and Te Reo Maaori. Students will learn how light is created in the Sun, how fast light travels, how it behaves and reacts and how it influences biological life and human culture.
The education programme fee is $6 per student, adults are free on a 1:6 ratio for schools and a 1:4 ratio for pre-schools.
Permian Monsters: Life Before The Dinosaurs
13 May - 13 August 2017
Step back in time 290 million years, when bizarre looking animals dominated life on land and sea. Find out about the greatest mass extinction the earth has ever seen.
This exhibition blends art and science to create the Permian World. View fossilised skeletons and models of these bizarre creatures. Go on an archeological adventure with us. Learn more about the climate change, global warming and the huge volcanic eruptions that started it all.
Is it Art?
Ever asked yourself this question while looking at a ‘challenging’ piece of art? This programme explores artistic elements and concepts while discovering the many art exhibitions at the Museum. Students will be encouraged to think in different ways about what they are viewing and will each take home their own art creation at the end of the visit.
Featured art exhibitions:
Download the Teacher Resource booklets (PDF)
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.
Image: Detail, Matariki over Taupiri, 2015, photograph by Erica Sinclair
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.
Download the Teacher Resource booklet (PDF)
Image: New Zealanders in front of a favourite backdrop in Egypt. Collection of Richard Stowers.
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.
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 taangata whenua. In the booklets we suggest possible areas of study and how we can enhance your programmes by providing a comprehensive education package.
Archived teacher resources