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Year 1 - 8

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.

Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tāmaki Paenga Hira.

Years 1-3, maximum 30 students
$5 per student for a one-hour session
Terms 1 - 4, Mon to Fri, 2017
Weird & Wonderful, Origins gallery
New Zealand Curriculum
Levels 1 and 2 - Science (Nature of Science: Living World)
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Origins gallery


Investigate New Zealand’'s pre-historic past

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.