The Reserve Bank of New Zealand Museum and Education Centre

 The Museum is open for school visits - please send your enquiries or booking requests to [email protected]. If you’re interested we have a lot of useful and informative content on our website, where you can learn more about the Museum and the Reserve Bank’s work.

About the school visits

The Reserve Bank Museum provides a fascinating glimpse into New Zealand’s economic and banking heritage. It celebrates and tells the origins and role of the Reserve Bank as the country’s central bank.

Our range of interactive exhibits showing the history of our trade and banking system as well as a selection of rare notes and coins from the Bank’s numismatic collection are on display at the Museum. Please note that currently not all interactive exhibitions are operating.

Students visiting the museum will be given a presentation by a Te Pūtea Matua staff member, where they will hear about a range of topics, including:

  • Kaitiakitanga: The Reserve Bank of New Zealand - Te Pūtea Matua (role of RBNZ in the society, overview of what we do, how we do it)
  • Monetary Policy and Economics in practice
  • Our Strategies (Future of Cash, Te Ao Māori, Climate Change, Remittances)

The visit will last 45 to 90 minutes and are hosted at The Reserve Bank Museum. Older students may get more out of the content, but younger students are also welcome.

The RBNZ Museum and Education Centre is a shared space. We will do our best to avoid booking conflicts, but in the rare circumstances that our Communications team need to host an urgent media conference, we will have to rebook your visit. We will let you know at the earliest convenience if this is to happen.

When requesting a visit, please put forward two options for dates and we will rebook your visit immediately. 

How can schools register interest?

Express your interest by contacting [email protected] with the following information:

  • Preferred starting time
  • School year of the students
  • Number of students and teachers visiting
  • Two separate contact names, email addresses, and mobile numbers for the school representative organising the visit
  • Any particular questions the students may like to ask about the Bank during the visit.

History of the Reserve Bank Museum