The Navy Museum offers a diverse and unique set of resources for secondary school teachers and students. 

The museum endeavours to collect and preserve primary sources relevant to New Zealand Naval History, including photographic archives, reports of proceedings and other paper archives, oral histories and artefacts.  Our exhibits weave these together to tell the story of our navy and our country.

With access to our extensive resources, students are able to weave personal accounts, images and expert opinions into their projects and assignments.

We realise that Secondary School groups often have very specific needs and individual areas of study, thus we do not offer set programmes for Secondary groups.  Instead we prefer to create sessions tailored to your school’s needs.  Let us know what subject you are studying and we are happy to negotiate a programme to meet your needs.

Sessions we have run in the past:

  • World War Two
  • Battle of the River Plate
  • Women’s Royal New Zealand Naval Service (Wrens)
  • Fashion during wartime
  • Post World War Two
  • Korea
  • Nuclear Issues
  • Peacekeeping

The cost is $2 per student for a 1 hour session.  Admission to the galleries is free, but bookings are essential.

An educational visit to the Navy Museum could be complimented by a trip to nearby Devonport attractions such as North Head or Fort Takapuna.

Navy Museum Resources

  • Teacher resource packs
  • Engaging exhibits 
  • a rich photographic archive
  • a diverse collection of historical artefacts
  • collection of oral histories, interviews with naval personnel about their experiences

Learning areas

  • Social Sciences: Identity, Culture and Organisation; Place and Environment; Continuity and Change
  • Technology: Technical Knowledge, Nature of Technology
  • Science: Physical World, Planet Earth and Beyond
  • Arts: Design, Photography