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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.

Education programmes 2021

Preschools (PDF download)

Primary schools (PDF download)

Secondary schools (PDF download)

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

Exscite and Inventors and Innovations: Waikato Bright Sparks Education programme

$8 per student

Exscite and Inventors and Innovations: Waikato Bright Sparks + a gallery programme 

$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. 

Our programmes

Bookings are essential, email


Waikato Museum SJP 38 Copy


Open now

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.


Building Bridges July SHP 16

Inventors and Innovations: Waikato Bright Sparks

Open now

People have brilliant ideas everyday but how do these ideas get transformed into something bigger and real? Examine our region’s problem-solving success stories through an immersive experience that will take you on a journey through time and space.





On now until 21 November 2021

On 25 July 1981 hundreds of New Zealanders stormed the field at Rugby Park to protest the Springbok Tour. This was the outcome of months of planning, counter-planning, and public discontent: 1981 was a turbulent year for New Zealanders.


The Hamilton County Bluegrass Band – New Zealand Bluegrass Icons

On now until 14 November 2021

The Hamilton County Bluegrass Band has been making bluegrass music together since 1966! From their beginnings, the prolific discography and musical triumphs and losses, this is an exhibition about music excellence, friendship and family as a way of life.



Shaping Hamilton Huringa Kirikiriroa

On now

Maps, historical artefacts, art, photographs and installations tell the story of the changing demographic and geographic shape of Hamilton.