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The Museum is open from 10am - 4pm Monday -Saturday and 10am - 2pm Sun. Last group visits must arrive before 2.30pm Monday - Saturday and 12.30pm Sunday.

School groups can arrive from 9am by arrangement.


Self guided tour Maximum number 200 $5 per student 1 hour.

Guided education session Maximum Number 120 $7 per student 1 ½ hours

Education sessions

Depending on the level of the students and the topics on which they will focus during their visit, an Education Session can be planned by our Public Programs Officer.

Supervising adults

We request that there be, and therefore provide free admission for, one supervising adult for every:

5 pre-school and infant students

15 primary and junior secondary students

30 senior secondary and tertiary students

Bus drop-off point

See the map below for the bus drop-off and pick-up point.

Students must cross over William St and walk up Howick Street to the Museum entry.

Other important information


There are toilets on the Museum site but not inside the main exhibition building. Please ensure adult supervision of school students attending the toilets.

Bag storage

There is limited bag storage at the Museum. We request that students bring small bags only on their visit to the Museum.

Food and drink

There is no eating or drinking inside the Museum. There is a courtyard where food and drink may be consumed.

Museum shop

We have a selection of science, gemstone, fossil and dinosaur items under $5 that students may wish to purchase as part of their visit. We request that no more than 10 students are in the shop at any one time.