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Dinosaurs and Fossils

Term 1, Wed-Fri, 2018

Did dinosaurs once live in New Zealand? Join us as junior palaeontologists on a discovery mission to learn about the prehistoric past.

Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tāmaki Paenga Hira.

Years 1-3, maximum 30 students
$5 per student for a one-hour programme
Term 1, Wed-Fri, 2018
Auckland Museum Weird & Wonderful discovery centre, Origins gallery
New Zealand Curriculum
Te Whāriki: early childhood curriculum
The Nature of Science
The Living World
Related galleries and exhibitions


Through a fun and interactive approach, learners are led on a mission to become palaeontologists to discover and learn about various dinosaurs and their identifying characteristics.

We highlight well-known carnivore and herbivore dinosaurs, find out what a palaeontologist does and get to know some of the Museum's palaeontology collections, curators and scientists.

The programme aims to:

  • describe the role of a palaeontologist
  • investigate the different types of dinosaurs that existed in New Zealand
  • inspire audiences with the story of Joan Wiffen, the amateur palaeontologist who helped discover that dinosaurs once lived in New Zealand
  • encourage learners to engage with the handling collections
  • help children share and relate their own understanding of the topic of dinosaurs and fossils
  • observe and identify the differentiating features of a variety of dinosaurs.