The Living History series are a number of NZ History Lessons designed specifically for teachers and students during the COVID-19 lockdown. Please contact us if you want to know more.

The Museum is home to a huge array of interesting objects including memorabilia, treasures and souvenirs from our military history.

The Museum story begins 200 years ago. Learn what type of weapons Maori tribes used when they fought each other.

One of our most popular residents is Gus the horse who takes pride of place in the Boer War section, the first overseas war that New Zealanders fought in. What was so special about a box of chocolates to the soldiers fighting in South Africa in 1899 and during WWI? Click the link to find out.

There were many New Zealand soldiers who spent time during the war as POW’s and the Museum has devoted a whole display to this – what does POW stand for?

Most of our visitors love the sight of our huge Sherman tank in the WWII galleries, and it is the only one of its kind in New Zealand.

One of the highlights is the Museum’s Valour Alcove, home to an impressive collection of New Zealand Army awards for bravery and courage. Find out what a VC is.

The National Army Museum’s education team provides a range of tailor made programmes to suit the students needs and level of learning.

Other Resources

The National Army Museum is one of the best New Zealand museums for kids, combining an entertaining day out with education about our military history. With lots of fun activities and excellent tours arranged by the Museum’s Education Team, your children will have fun while learning.

Animals at War Activity Trail

From war horses to wandering turtles, discover the amazing creatures who’ve helped out soldiers at war. Follow the trail through the Museum to find hidden artefacts and earn war medal stamps along the way! Try out this Animals at War Codebreaker to reveal the secret message.

ANZAC activities

Download the Colouring In Junior Anzac Colouring PDF and Senior Anzac Colouring PDF

Short Story or Poetry – Download Flyer (126kB) – (note this is no longer a running competition but may give you some ideas)

Write a short story OR piece of original poetry on one of the following themes: Remembrance, ANZAC Day, How I remember

Fun Activities

Puzzles and Games

Arts and Crafts

  • Make an Origami Tank


One of the best New Zealand museums for kids – entertaining and educating kids about our military history.