Arts Centre Education


Clock Tower, Worcester Boulevard


Dynamic, interactive and activities-based, the popular and stimulating Arts Centre education programmes are inspired by the work of famous Kiwi scientist Ernest, Lord Rutherford, the father of nuclear physics.

Held in restored heritage spaces where the Nobel prizewinner studied, the programmes are suitable for students from years 1 to 13 and supported by the Ministry of Education. The unique programmes have links to the science, social science, technology, and the arts curriculums and the five key competencies. 

Learners are provided with access to multi-sensory displays, tools, objects, exhibits, artefacts, expertise and hands-on experiences that are not available in the immediate school environment.

The programmes are delivered in the den space, which is a hands-on science museum based on Rutherford’s major discoveries, including the nuclear atom, and includes a restored Victorian lecture theatre.

Please note: If you require a programme to be accessible, please let the team know.

Costs and bookings

Programmes are $5.00 per student. If cost is considered an obstacle programme subsidies are available. Email the team to find out more information.

To find out more, either fill out the booking form below, or email us.

Download the primary and intermediate programme summary

Download the secondary programme summary

Did you know?
  • The den is a hands-on world of science, history, discovery and wonder open for public visits seven days a week from 10.00am to 5.00pm. Find out more here.
  • The beautifully restored Rutherford’s Den Victorian lecture theatre is available to hire for your next event. Find out more here.

Location map

Clock Tower,
Worcester Boulevard

Market Square South Quad North Quad Registry Student Union The Gym Engineering Common Room Library Biology, Observatory and Physics Chemistry School of Art West Lecture Classics Rutherford's Den Clock Tower Boy's High Workshop Great Hall