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School programmes

Self-guided visits

Self-guided visits

Teachers may choose to lead their own Museum visits. This occurs from 10:30 daily. Bookings are essential for self guided visits to ensure the gallerys or exhibitions you require are available.

Bookings and charges

All self-guided groups must be booked in advance to ensure access to requested galleries. There is no charge for adults who accompany self-guided school groups if they are there in a supervisory role.  However this does not apply to the Māori Cultural Performance.


We recommend 30-60 minutes per gallery for self guided groups. It is essential that you adhere to the booking times and booked venues as early or late arrival will affect the quality of your visit and the visits of other booked groups.


Most sessions have a maximum capacity of 30 students but sessions in the Library Reading Room accommodate groups of no more than 15 students at a time. Session limits may vary according to the activity.

Health and safety

Find out about the Museum's school visiting guidelines, including information for accompanying adults and our Health and Safety guidelines.