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School programmes

Year 1 - 8

Auckland Museum offers a comprehensive choice of programmes for primary and intermediate students. These include our ever-popular ANZAC programme, Ancient Civilisations, Palaeontology and He Kete Mātauranga. Our fixed date programmes are only available at set times of the year. Many others are available by request throughout the year.

  • Ancient Civilisations

    The Ancient Civilisations programme gives students the opportunity to explore what life was like in ancient times. There are five sessions to choose from.

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  • Anzac Package

    The Anzac package combines an educator-led session and a drama to explore some of the impacts and consequences of World War I.

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  • Dinosaurs and Fossils

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

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  • Discover with Us

    This programme gives learners the opportunity to explore a range of natural sciences – palaeontology entomology and marine science – up close.

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  • Experiences of an Anzac

    Learn about the experiences of New Zealand soldiers during wartime through hands-on, interactive activities that encourage questioning and thinking.

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  • He Kete Mātauranga

    This suite of programmes share the culture, politics and stories of our ancestors that are embodied in our tāonga.

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  • Insects and Arachnids

    Entomology is the science of insects and arachnids. As junior entomologists, learners get to engage with specimens in the Museum's Entomology collection.

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  • Insights into life during World War One

    Learn about the First World War, the New Zealand Soldier and the role animals played during wartime.

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  • Ipu Moana

    Ipu Moana is made up of 6 two-hour programmes, designed to share Pasifika cultural traditions with you and your students. Choose the option that is the most relevant to your curriculum and class interests.

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  • Living World: Entomology

    Taking on the role of a young entomologist, students will learn how scientists at Auckland Museum collect specimens, what equipment they use and how specimens are stored and displayed.

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  • Matariki a-kura: Matariki for schools

    Matariki is a time for celebration, reflection and preparation, where the community comes together to tell stories, sing, dance and work - together. Explore some of these themes and activities with our Māori educators and make something to take home.

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  • Palaeontology

    Students take on the role of a paleontologist. They ask questions, consider life processes, ecology and evolution while examining fossil remains.

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  • Save the Museum

    This programme is set around the scenario of 'a day in the life' of the Museum. Students work as a team to complete five scenarios, demonstrating the different key competencies to ensure success.

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  • Te Ao Pasifika

    Te Ao Pasifika is programme that can be tailored to your needs. It examines specific aspects of Pasifika traditions and identity.

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  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi

    The Treaty of Waitangi united two cultures and birthed a nation. Who were those people and what event brought them together?

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  • Volcanoes

    Auckland, our largest city, is built upon an active volcanic field. What does this mean for those living here?

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  • Wonders of the Sea

    Through exploration and investigation in the Weird & Wonderful and Oceans galleries, learn how many oceans there are, where they are located and explore and investigate various forms of sea life.

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