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As the capital city of New Zealand, Wellington is home to a wealth of nationally significant institutions, which are great places to teach about big themes like nationhood and commemoration.
The National Archives collections include the 1840 Treaty of Waitangi Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the 1893 Women’s Suffrage Petition. Both are on permanent display and listed on UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register.
Check out Government House, the principal residence of the Governor-General of New Zealand, and its purpose-built visitor centre.
The National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Matauranga o Aotearoa, is one of the country's leading cultural and information centres.
It also houses the world famous Alexander Turnbull Library, a "library within a library".
A visit to the capital city would not be complete without a visit to Parliament. Its education programmes provide students of all ages with the opportunity to experience the rich social and political history of New Zealand’s Parliament.
Te Papa is our national museum and an amazing place for learning. Make the most of your visit by booking a guided education programme, led by a museum educator. See what exhibitions are on.
In the 1 hour tour students will gain an understanding of the history of the land, the justice system in the late 1800s when the Old High Court Building was built, the role of the Supreme Court established in 2004 and the iconic building constructed for the Supreme Court.
Want help planning your visit? Check out ChangeAgents as a tool for teaching future generations of active citizens!
Bookings are required for all school groups visits. Many institutions offer taught sessions relating to school curriculum. Contact the institution directly for further information.