Aratoi offers a continuous education programme, free-of-charge.
We are happy to adapt the session and activities to fit the needs of your tamariki. 
Our programmes are led by Museum Educators: Kate Devenny (pictured) and Becky Bateman.

50 / Fifty Education programme

Current Programmes 

Fifty / 50 - Fifty Years 

This programme focuses on "50/fifty - 50 years of Aratoi", the art and history exhibition spanning 1969 to 2019.

Aratoi holds our history and tells our stories. Students who take part in this programme will be guided through five decades of local history. Stories of significant art works as well as marvellously curious objects will be shared with students as they gain an understanding of how we see ourselves and the world around us. Finally, students will complete a small art activity designed to explore what identity means to them, before their tour ends.

Sessions are approximately 70 min. long but can be catered to meet each school's needs

Sessions are offered Mondays - Thursdays.

Maximum group size for each session is 30 students with teacher and parent help.

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori / Māori Language Week 2019 - Preschool Programme

Tamariki will listen to stories about our New Zealand landscapes that link to art works on display. They will
be introduced to Māori vocab for geographical features and encourage to seek for these features in the Art
works they view. After the gallery tour, tamariki will take part in movement games in our courtyard where they will be encouraged to use the te reo they have learnt. Finally, together tamariki will create a large-scale landscape and smaller koru of their own to take home.

This programme runs from 9 - 19 September 2019.
Sessions are available on Mondays - Thursdays and run for approximately 45min.

We adapt session times to suit your tamariki, but we suggest session times: 10:00am, 11:30am and 1:00pm daily.

Maximum group size for each session is 15 students with teacher and parent help.

Breadcraft Wairarapa Schools Art Exhibition

This annual exhibition - Aratoi's longest running - opens 28 September, 2pm - remember to write it in your diary!

We thank Breadcraft Wai Ltd for their generous and ongoing support, since the 1980s.

This year, Aratoi will display 302 artworks for students across the Wairarapa.

How to Book:

Please book through, code: 5yghv

For all queries, please contact: or call 06 370 0001.

All programmes are FREE (with schools to organise their own transport).


Education programmes are kindly supported by
Masterton Trust Lands Trust and the TG Macarthy Trust.