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For teachers 

Immerse your students in our latest long-term exhibition. Slice of Heaven tells the big stories from New Zealand’s 20th century history – how the country: 

  • evolved from a loyal British colony into an increasingly independent nation
  • developed its social welfare system – and then dismantled some of it
  • underwent massive social change, sparked by the 1981 Springbok rugby tour and the struggle of women and gay people for rights
  • saw Māori tenaciously confront a new world.


Book an education programme

This exhibition can be incorporated into the following education programmes.

Click on a programme to find out more and to download the information you’ll need before your visit.





Self-guided visits

You are welcome to book a self-guided visit to Slice of Heaven. Entry is free. We suggest that you allow about 1 hour to see the entire exhibition, one class at a time.

Please discuss your needs with the Education Coordinator. Bookings are essential so we can make sure there’s space for you.

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Read the guidelines for self-guided groups  (PDF) 

Jigsaw puzzle, 1944, J W Ltd, New Zealand. Gift of Stephen Campbell, 1992. Te Papa
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