Find information on education and training opportunities for people who want to work in the museum and gallery sector or advance their qualifications.
The University of Auckland - Museums and Cultural Heritage
Museums and Cultural Heritage is an interdisciplinary programme with a particular focus on Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific. It draws on museums and heritage-related courses taught by Anthropology, Art History, History, Māori Studies and Sociology.
Museums and Cultural Heritage can give you an excellent foundation for a career as a curator, education officer, art gallery registrar or manager, and for careers in museums and heritage institutions in the private and government sectors, and in tourism.
Victoria University of Wellington - Museum and Heritage Studies
Museum and Heritage Studies offers a range of flexible qualifications and courses, which balance taught classes and work experience, academic research and professional skills. You will acquire a broad grasp of this interdisciplinary field which combines history, theory, and practice with opportunities for independent research and workplace projects.
Situated in Wellington, this programme has strong relationships with national organisations such as Te Papa, the Ministry for Culture & Heritage, Heritage New Zealand, the Department of Conservation, Museums Aotearoa, and Creative New Zealand as well as with many smaller regional museums, art galleries, archives and other heritage organisations.
Massey University - Museum Studies
Both the Postgraduate Diploma and MA in Museum Studies are professional and academic qualifications equipping you for work in any of New Zealand’s museums and art galleries, science and technology centres, historic places and iwi cultural centres.
This qualification can bridge previous academic study and professional work in a museum, gallery or other cultural or heritage organisation. It can also be a pathway to more advanced study at master’s level. You’ll increase your knowledge of and abilities in heritage management and bicultural practices in the heritage sector, and build experience in problem solving and working in interdisciplinary teams.
Eastern Institute of Technology - Te Ara Pourewa: Graduate Diploma in Heritage and Museum Studies
Te Ara Pourewa: Graduate Diploma in Heritage and Museum Studies seeks to increase heritage and museum expertise – particularly Māori – for the protection, preservation and elevation of taonga Māori. Te Ara Pourewa is a pathway that leads from previous study in Māori Studies, art and design, social sciences and related areas to professional work within heritage organisations, museums, cultural centres and communities, or to more advanced study.
Graduates will get skills to understand and apply concepts/mātauranga Māori to the heritage and museum sector, and gain a broad and practical knowledge of heritage management and museum practice in Aotearoa/New Zealand.
New Zealand Certificate in Museum Practice
Turn your museum experience into a recognised qualification with the New Zealand Certificate in Museum Practice. This qualification introduces you to all-round operations knowledge and skills: from collection management, cataloguing, conservation and display, to public safety, security, and understanding museum purpose, structure and financing.
Training coordinated by National Services Te Paerangi
National Services Te Paerangi (NSTP) provide help to museums, galleries and iwi -- including by offering museum-related workshops, courses, seminars and events around the country. You can find opportunities from various institutions, including Te Papa’s workshops run by NSTP, on the Te Papa website.
New Zealand Museums Standards Scheme Ngā Kaupapa Whaimana a Ngā Whare Taonga o Aotearoa
A free, practical, and user-friendly scheme to raise professionalism in the museum sector. See where your museum, gallery, or iwi organisation is doing well, and where it may need improvement.
There are many opportunities to develop yourself professionally and personally as a museum and gallery professional. Here is a selection of conferences our members have attended:
- Museums Aotearoa conferences
- Museum Ideas
- International Council of Museums (ICOM)
- National Digital Forum (NDF)
- Museum Computer Network (MCN)
- New Zealand Conservators of Cultural Materials (NZCCM)
- Australasian Registrars Committee (ARC) conference
- Costume and Textile Association of New Zealand (CTANZ)
- Australian Museums and Galleries Association (AMAGA)
- Australian Association for Digital Humanities (aaDH)
- University Museums and Collections (UMAC) conference
- Pacific Arts Association (PAA)
We welcome corrections and information about other courses and conferences to include on this page. Please contact us with suggestions.
Annual internships and opportunities
- Doreen Blumhardt Curatorial Internship, Dowse Art Museum
- Liz Stringer Curatorial Internship, New Zealand Portrait Gallery
- Marylyn Mayo Internship, Auckland Art Gallery
- Open Palace Programme, United Kingdom
- Frances Hodgkins Fellowship, University of Otago
- Nga Pae o Te Maramatanga
- Auckland Museum volunteer internships
- Tautai Oceania Internships (on hold for 2020 due to COVID-19)
- The Blumhardt Fund
Find further opportunities for students and emergent professionals on our sector awards page.
More information on support and opportunities in the sector can be found on the National Services Te Paerangi website.