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Education programmes

Waikato Museum's education programmes explore and develop the curriculum through classroom-based sessions, exhibition tours and activities. 

Explore Art, Science, Social History and Tangata Whenua history and culture through our changing exhibitions. We will work with you to develop a programme to meet your teaching and learning needs, whether it's on site, online, or a hybrid mix.


Our programmes


Tour, Explore, and Draw

Book your free Zoom session now

30 minute Zoom sessions available free of charge for your classroom!

All sessions combine a museum tour, storytelling session with our skilled educators, plus creative activities for your class.

Possible sessions to choose from are 'Te Winika, a Waikato Taonga',  'Contemporary Art Blast', 'Shaping Hamilton: How did we get to here?' or 'Looking at Illustration with Ruby Jones'. We will work with teachers to customise content and make the session relevant to your student's learning. 

Get in touch with our Museum Educators, Elaine and Tamsin:


Our Moon: Then, Now and Beyond

19 March - 12 June 2022

This hands-on exhibition is an out-of-this-world experience where your students can enter the orbit of our wonderful moon. Tailored programmes are available including online sessions via Zoom.

Find out more about Our Moon: Then, Now & Beyond education programme


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Open now

The Exscite gallery is jammed-packed with great interactive ways to learn about science. The programme includes a classroom session (tailored to your group), exhibition tour and interactive fun.


Building Bridges July SHP 16

Inventors and Innovations: Waikato Bright Sparks

Open now

People have brilliant ideas everyday but how do these ideas get transformed into something bigger and real? Examine our region’s problem-solving success stories through an immersive experience that will take you on a journey through time and space.


Shaping Hamilton Huringa Kirikiriroa

Open now

Maps, historical artefacts, art, photographs and installations tell the story of the changing demographic and geographic shape of Hamilton.


Admission fees

Short education programme

$6 per student

Extended education programme (Big Day Out half-day) 

$8 per student

Full education programme (Big Day Out full-day)

$10 per student

Exscite and Inventors and Innovations: Waikato Bright Sparks Education programme

$8 per student

Exscite and Inventors and Innovations: Waikato Bright Sparks + a gallery programme 

$10 per student


Prices vary according to the programme selected, duration of your visit and consumables used.


Early childhood - 1 adult: 4 students

Years 0-6 - 1 adult: 8 students

Years 7-10 - 1 adult: 15 students

Years 11-13 - 1 adult: 30 students

These ratios include teachers/supervisors.

NOTE: One adult per the ratios listed above may attend free as a supervisor; additional adults who wish to attend beyond that ratio are charged the student fee. 

For information on class times, length, ratios and how to book, check out Information for teachers. Booking is essential for all programmes.