Planning an education visitWhakaritea tētahi toronga ā-kura

Organise your school visit to Te Papa.


Choose from our range of education programmes. Each can be adapted to suit your needs.

Minimum notice: Two weeks – we recommend booking as far in advance as possible.

Book an education visit


Primary and secondary programmes: $6.50 per student. Teachers and parent-helpers are free.
Early childhood programmes: $3 per student. Teachers and parent-helpers are free.

If you are bringing a group of 15 students or less, a minimum charge of $97.50 will apply. Prices include GST.

Self-guided visits are free of charge.

Note: Some short-term exhibitions may have a charge. Please discuss this with your Education Coordinator.


If you need to cancel your booking, please contact as soon as possible. Bookings cancelled with less than two weeks’ notice will incur a $20 cancellation fee. Failure to arrive on the day for a booked programme will incur the full cost.


Education visits take place from 10am Mon–Fri during term time. Te Papa’s public opening hours are 10am−6pm year-round.

Student supervision ratios

We require you to bring the following number of adults to supervise your students.

ECE: One adult for every three students (1:3).

Primary: One adult for every six students (1:6).

Secondary: One adult for every ten students (1:10).

Please supervise your students closely as they explore Te Papa as you are responsible for your students’ safety. Take particular care near high walkways, bridges, water, and in Bush City.

Food and drinks

Food and drinks (excluding bottled water) are not allowed in exhibition areas. This policy protects our collection and maintains the principle of tapu around Māori taonga.

Lunch spaces

Schools bringing their own lunches to Te Papa are welcome to eat lunch in the following spaces (please note restrictions for each space). These locations can be found on the Te Papa map.

  • Amphitheatre – an outdoor space.

  • Bush City Kiosk – an indoor space (capacity 30 students). This is accessible through the Level 1 outdoor courtyard and over the bridge from Te Taiao | Nature.

  • Behind visitor kiosk on Level 2 – an indoor space (capacity 30 students). Hosts will support school groups to find space during terms 2 and 3 (if not set up, schools can request these through Hosts during terms 1 and 4).

Schools may choose to purchase lunches from the Level 1 Te Papa cafe and are welcome to use cafe space to eat.

In inclement weather if other spaces are not available, please approach Level 1 Te Papa cafe staff and ask for the Retail Food and Beverage Manager. The Manager may be able to accommodate school groups in the cafe to eat their own lunches where possible.

Risk Assessment Management (RAM) form

Emergency procedures advice (315.34 KB)

Te Papa Health and Safety Policy (156.84 KB)

Te Papa education RAM form (55.41 KB)

Directions and parking

You’ll find us right on the waterfront in central Wellington (55 Cable Street) – within easy walking distance of the main shopping areas.

Getting here

Parking at Te Papa

Teacher orientation visits

Duration: One hour

Cost: Free

Ahead of your visit, book an orientation tour to preview the museum and plan your programme. Tell us about your learning intentions and we’ll suggest the most suitable education programmes and exhibitions.

We apply no minimum/maximum limit for the number of teachers in your orientation group.

Contact us

To make a booking or discuss your visit options contact:

Education Coordinator
Phone: (04) 381 7443