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Insects and Arachnids

Term 1, Wed-Fri, 2018

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

Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira.

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


Entomology is the scientific study of insects. The museum's Entomology collection began in 1852, soon after the Museum was founded, and contains comprehensive collections of most insect types as well as other terrestrial and freshwater invertebrates (worms, spiders and their relatives, millipedes and centipedes, some isopods and amphipods).

The Insects and Arachnids programme aims to inspire young learners to become future scientists, environmentalists or entomologists. It instills the need to respect, understand and care for these small living creatures which play such a vital role in our environment and ecosystem.

The programme connects learners with the Museum’s entomology collections, curators and history while making sure they have a fun, interesting and interactive experience.

The vision and learning outcomes of this programme are to:

  • describe the role of an entomologist to young learners in an inspirational way
  • investigate entomological tools and explore how they are used
  • introduce learners to Entomology at Auckland Museum – the curators, collection and research
  • observe and identify the characteristics of an insect and an arachnid.
  • explore the relevance of the Museum's Entomology collection to the history of the Weird & Wonderful gallery
  • explain the importance of insects to our environment
  • enable children to share and relate their own experiences relating to the living world.