Posts categorized as Kids

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 »

Our tamariki turned into dragons!

  • Visitor wearing a dragon mask
  • Visitor wearing his dragon mask
  • Discovery Centre hosts and visitors wearing dragon masks
  • Michael Discovery Centre Host wearing dragon mask

On Saturday and Sunday, visitors to the museum were given a shock. Our NatureSpace hosts had turned into dragons! Luckily, they didn’t look too scary. Every weekend between 11am-12noon the Discovery Centres have free craft activities for children and families. Last weekend children made their own dragon masks: scary, silly and surprising. There were some… Read more »

Name our monarch butterflies!

NatureSpace has an exciting new display – monarch butterfly caterpillars! Watch them grow from a caterpillar to a butterfly. We need your help. The caterpillars don’t have a name! What should we call them? Put your suggestions in the comments, tweet them to @tepapa or email We’ll pick the best two names and let… 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 »

Will you be Te Papa’s 20 millionth visitor?

Kahu the Kea celebrates the 20 millionth visitor at Te Papa

During the month of May, we are expecting to reach the milestone of 20 million visitors since opening in 1998. We are so excited that our partners and sponsors want to celebrate this with us, and have put together a great prize package for our 20 millionth visitor. The prize will be presented as they… Read more »

Students enjoying the Unveiled education workshops

Students at an Unveiled workshop

The Unveiled education workshops have given Secondary School Fashion and Textiles classes the opportunity to learn about the changes in wedding fashion over the last 200 years. Students have enjoyed studying and sketching the historic and contemporary garments, and they have loved the chance to view them up-close. Following a tour of the exhibition, the… Read more »

New Botany Display in Nature Space – informing you about topical conservation issues.

New Display, Nature Space Discovery Centre, Level 2, Te Papa; Photo: Antony Kusabs, Te Papa.

In December, 2011 I worked with Melanie Dash, Nature Space Supervisor, along with conservation, mount making, writing, interpretation, and installation staff to present a small Botany display.  This display is located in Nature Space on level 2.  Melanie and I also sought images and advice from the Department of Conservation, Ngā Manu Trust, Auckland Council, and Ministry for Primary Industries…. Read more »