Planning an Education Visit

1/09/2022: We’ll continue to offer lessons in Term 3. In Term 4, we’ll only be able to accept own-time bookings. We might have to change or cancel bookings and some galleries might not be accessible for your visit. We will provide an update on our teaching programme for next year as soon as we confirm lessons and venues. See our service changes page for updates.

All programmes delivered at Canterbury Museum are able to weave together learning areas, key competencies and inquiry-based learning to provide authentic experiences for students.

Learning experiences are targeted and tailored to meet students’ learning outcomes and aim to enrich and enhance knowledge, skills, values and attitudes while complementing classroom learning at the appropriate level.


Education programmes are available at any time between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm Monday to Friday. Museum visits outside these hours are negotiable.

To make the visit enjoyable, worthwhile and stress free, please book at least three weeks in advance. Please let us know the arrival time and the length of your visit. It is important you keep to your booking times and booked gallery spaces as early or late arrival can affect the quality of your visit and the visits of other booked groups.

To book a lesson at the Museum go to our Education Programmes page.

You can check the availability of our educators here.

You can check the availability of our educators here.

Education Enquiry

Self-guided visits

All self-guided groups must be booked in advance to ensure access to the requested gallery spaces. There is no charge for self-guided visits, though koha are always appreciated and entrance to Discovery is $2.00 per person.

We recommend 30 minutes per gallery space for self-guided visits. Please book online below.

Booking Enquiry

Early Childhood

For pre-school groups, we recommend independent exploration of Canterbury Museum and Discovery. Discovery at Canterbury Museum is a unique environment, providing an interactive look at the treasures of the natural world.

Discovery encourages pre-schoolers to explore the wonders of the wider world. By interacting with this colourful, child-friendly exhibition children can participate in active exploration by asking questions, problem solving and making exciting discoveries.

Please book your visit online below.

Booking Enquiry

Meet and greet

If the weather is fine, please wait outside the Museum, clear of the entrance, while the group leader checks in at the Information Desk.

If the weather is cold or wet, please wait quietly in the foyer, clear of public thoroughfares.

A Museum staff member will greet you and give your group a health and safety briefing on what to do if there is an emergency.

How much does it cost?

Most education programmes are provided free of charge, however a koha is appreciated, typically $2.00 person. If the programme involves visiting Discovery, Quake City, Riccarton House or Riccarton Bush, there is a $2.00 cost for each visitor.

Payment can be made on the day at the Discovery reception, either by cash, cheque (payable to Canterbury Museum) or eftpos. Alternatively, an invoice can be sent to the school/organisation. Please ensure that one payment is made for a group, rather than individual payments.


Canterbury Museum has limited storage space so please do not bring bags unless it is absolutely necessary. If you do have bags, please notify the staff at the Information Desk on arrival and they will provide an area in which the bags can be stored until your departure.


Photography is permitted throughout the Museum. Your Museum Educator can inform you on the policy of using still or motion cameras.

Morning tea and lunch breaks

Food and drink cannot be taken into the Museum gallery spaces. Unfortunately there is no area in the Museum where groups can eat their own food. Only food and drink purchased from the Museum Cafe may be consumed there.