Canterbury Museum


A visit to Canterbury Museum gives students a unique opportunity to explore and interact with the Museum's collections. A Museum visit expands students' experience across a wide variety of topics and allows them to develop new learning skills and interests.

Canterbury Museum is bursting at the seams with over two million collection items telling the stories of human cultures and histories, and the natural world. The galleries display many weird and wonderful items as well as everyday relics of human life and endeavour.

The learning environment at the Museum is fun, relevant and inspiring, and programmes can take place in the Museum's public galleries, the Documentary Research Centre, or behind-the-scenes.

Curriculum Based

The majority of the Education Programmes are closely linked to the Social Sciences including History, Classical Studies and Social Studies, Science and Technology learning areas; however the Museum is also able to provide learning opportunities for Visual Arts, Art History and English students who want to research topics in greater depth.

All programmes delivered at Canterbury Museum can be made more relevant to classroom learning with pre- and post-lesson support using Education Resource Pack and Museum orientation visits.

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Specialist Knowledge

All Canterbury Museum Education Communicators are trained teachers with a wide knowledge of both natural and human history.

Curatorial expertise is also available and can cover a broad range of areas including geology, palaeontology, vertebrate and invertebrate zoology, botany, Canterbury history (both Maori and European), ethnology, archaeology, design, textiles and Antarctic history.

Hands On

Education Communicators incorporate a hands-on component into both human and natural history programmes. Hands-on collections include the Education Costume Collection, which contains almost 100 costumes spanning 1790 to 1970.

Other hands-on collections include 19th century household items, photographs, Maori tools and technology, Antarctic clothing, rocks and fossils, birds and skeletons.

Education events

There are currently no education events.