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Nationally significant institutions

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.

Archives New Zealand Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga

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.

Government House

Check out Government House, the principal residence of the Governor-General of New Zealand, and its purpose-built visitor centre.

Wellington Museum

The capital's multi award-winning museum where students can explore the rich stories that define and shape Wellington.

National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa

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".

New Zealand Parliament

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.

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

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.

The Supreme Court of New Zealand

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.

Pukeahu National War Memorial Park and The Great War Exhibition

Our national war memorial, park and exhibition allow students to reflect and commemorate New Zealand’s conflicts. The exhibition is rich in personal stories which tell of the gritty experience of the battlefields and the hardships at home during war-time New Zealand.

The Holocaust Centre of New Zealand

The Holocaust Centre of New Zealand, the country's focus for Holocaust education and remembrance, provides a moving experience telling the stories of the survivors and victims of Nazi persecution who came to New Zealand. 

New Zealand Portrait Gallery

The New Zealand Portrait Gallery is a place of discovery centered upon our many identities: who we were and who we are today.

Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision's mediaplex offers learning and research facilities for teachers and students with on-site library, theatre and exhibition spaces.

Reserve Bank Museum

The Reserve Bank Museum celebrates New Zealand's economic heritage and the history of the Reserve Bank.

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.