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Visit He Tohu Wellington

School children with a Learning Facilitator gathered around a display table at the He Tohu exhibition in Wellington

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Book a class visit to the He Tohu exhibition at the National Library, Wellington to explore the exhibition and connect with the physical documents: He Whakaputanga, Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and the Women’s Suffrage Petition. Explore our online resources too.

Book your class visit

We run school visits from 9am to 5pm, Tuesday to Friday. All our visits are free!

How to get to He Tohu Wellington

Visit options

Book your class on a:

  • guided experience of He Tohu
  • self-guided visit
  • guided tour of National Library's temporary exhibitions
  • Te Puna Foundation tailored 2-hour learning programme for those visiting through the He Tohu Travel Fund.

What to expect

On a guided experience, our knowledgeable learning facilitators will show you and your class through the exhibition. We can tailor your experience to meet the needs of your class.

Guided experiences generally take at least 60 minutes. We strongly recommend allowing an extra 30 minutes after the tour finishes to give you and your students time to explore the exhibition independently.

Self-guided visits are also welcome, but you’ll need to book first.

Group sizes for your visit

Primary and intermediate schools — maximum of 30 students per booking, plus a minimum of 4 adults (1:8 supervision ratio).

Secondary schools — maximum of 30 students per booking, plus a minimum of 2 adults (1:15 supervision ratio).

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Book a class visit

If you'd like to discuss your class needs or find out more:

Managing your student's visit

Before you come

Talk to your students about the He Tohu environment and how its 3 documents are national taonga. We expect all manuhiri (visitors) to the He Tohu space to behave in a respectful manner. Your learning facilitator will discuss appropriate tikanga (protocol) during your visit.

Read our School visits: Expectations and responsibilities document (pdf, 169KB) which gives our supervision ratios and outlines what to expect when you visit us.

When you arrive

Please arrive 10 minutes before the scheduled start time of your visit. If you're running late, phone 0800 474 300 (then select option 6) to let our reception staff know.

When you arrive, one of our learning facilitators will welcome you and your students at Waka (reception) on the ground floor. We have storage for school bags.

After your visit

We'd love to get your feedback. Your suggestions and comments do make a difference.

Please email your feedback to

Emergency procedures

In an emergency, our trained staff will tell you what to do. To help with your emergency planning, read our RAMS form:

National Library Wellington — Risk Assessment and Management Strategies (RAMS) form (pdf, 107KB)

Online resources to explore before or after your visit

  • Learning activities — use these activities to inspire and inform students as they explore concepts related to He Whakaputanga, Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and the Women's Suffrage Petition.
  • Explore He Tohu with your students — teaching and learning resources to support the He Tohu exhibition. Find books, activities, and more.
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