Ngā kura | Info for schools


A field trip in your own backyard, the Te Manawa suite of Learning opportunities for your learners provides practical experiences and connections to curricula, curiosity, stories and objects.
If you don’t see something that quite meets your needs, get in touch and let us know. We are always happy to discuss options and develop new learning experiences.

Click below to download a copy of our current programme brochure.

Plan your visit

We’re here to help you make your group visit as smooth as possible, so that you and your guests have the best Te Manawa experience! 

  • Arrive in plenty of time for your programme and report to the reception desk in the Museum building. If you are booked for a programme, an educator will greet you in the foyer and guide you to the appropriate Education  Room or gallery. For self lead groups a Visitor Host at reception is available to answer your questions.


There are three  education rooms; two downstairs in the Museum building, and one upstairs in the Art Gallery. These rooms are used for education programmes in addition to using gallery and exhibition areas.

Lunch Areas

  • Eating is permitted in a designated space (Wilkins Room level 1 Museum building). This area is available for classes to use as a venue for morning/afternoon tea and lunch but must be booked in advance. Please indicate when booking if you will require use of this room.
  • The open courtyard between the Museum building and Art Gallery is available as a lunch area for students (weather permitting). Note this area is also open to the public.
  • No food or drink is permitted in galleries or exhibition areas.

Bag Storage

Trolleys to store students’ bags are available in the foyer of the Museum and Art Gallery for visiting groups. Ask a Visitor Host for access to these when you arrive. Do not leave valuables such as cameras, wallets in these trolleys or unattended in education rooms.

Buses and parking

Bus and car parking is available between Animates and the Child Youth and Family building on Church Street, or alternatively on Pitt Street next to the Globe Theatre on Main St.

Pay and display public car parks are located on Main Street and directly in front of the main entrance (by the Te
Manawa letters).