Posts categorized as Education

Venice Biennale Twilight Art Talk for Teachers

Teachers at the twilight art talk Photographer: Sarah Pitman © Te Papa

Could you name 5 artists who have shown at New Zealand’s National Pavilions in the Venice Biennale or recollect the year that New Zealand first had a National Pavilion? Do you know when the Venice Biennale first started or how many people are expected to visit this year? Teachers from the lower north island answered… Read more »

Flat Stanley pays a visit

  • Flat Stanley and a bear skeleton in Te Papa’s vertebrate’s collection. Photographer: Scott Ogilvie © Te Papa
  • Flat Stanley and a king crab in Te Papa’s marine invertebrate collection. Photographer: Scott Ogilvie © Te Papa
  • Flat Stanley and an emperor penguin in Te Papa’s classroom. Photographer: Scott Ogilvie © Te Papa
  • Flat Stanley. Photographer: Scott Ogilvie © Te Papa

When I arrived at work on Tuesday morning I had a visitor waiting on my desk. Yes, ON my desk. It was Flat Stanley and he was visiting from Mornington School in Dunedin. Stanley came with a letter from Room 7 at MorningtonSchool. These students told me that they were learning about oceans but Te… Read more »

Behind the scenes: A week in the life of a natural history curator

  • A wing being prepared by Catherine for incorporation into the collection.
  • Alan with a shearwater skeleton prepared by Catherine.
  • Alan looking through Te Papa's prion skin collection.
  • Alan and Trish looking at birds eggs in Te Papa's collection. Te Papa has recently improved their storage method of these fragile items.

What does a Te Papa curator do? I spent last week following Te Papa’s terrestrial vertebrate curator Alan Tennyson to find out. Here are some of the main highlights:  Visitors Monday saw Alan meet with Trish Nugent-Lyne, a collection manager at Whanganui Regional Museum. Te Papa staff are helping Trish prepare an articulated dog skeleton… Read more »

All action after school club

After School Club posing for the pinhole camera Photo: Kimberley Gustavsson. © Te Papa.

A team from the Discovery Centres recently spent nine Wednesday afternoons together with nine awesome tamariki (children) in a trial run of Te Papa’s first after school club. Through the after school club we wanted to learn, together with the tamariki, about the stories Te Papa tells. We also wanted to find out how everyone… Read more »

“We are the same-same.” Rapa Nui visitors to Te Papa Tongarewa

  • Me and Koro (Alberto)
  • Rapa Nui 006
  • The visiting group and the curator, in front of Te Hono ki Hawaiki (Te Papa's wharenui)
  • the Rapa Nui people, during a parade at the Festival of the Arts

This past Saturday (1 December 2012), we had a special request from a group of visitors who were going to be in Wellington for a weekend. They wished to come in and talk to some of the curators and see the collection. This is relatively common but what was slightly unusual about the group was… Read more »

Te Papa is coming to Gisborne!

The Gisborne Outreach Team

The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa is coming to Gisborne! The Education and Discovery Centre teams will be based at Tairawhiti Museum for a week of exciting art workshops and learning programmes. Schools in the Gisborne area are taking part in free hands-on workshops, exploring kākahu (cloaks), taonga (treasures) and their connection to the… Read more »

Feathers of knowledge

  • The feathers closer up in Te Huka a Tai
  • The full Matariki Kakahu
  • Matariki feathers1 jpg
  • Hundreds of feathers!

  Ma te huruhuru te manu ka rere, with feathers a bird may fly. And by the sheer number of feathers that the education team received in the last few months, this bird could fly as far as Matariki!   This amazing paper feather kākahu (cloak) has been created by thousands of students from schools… Read more »