Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa), Wellington

4.7
The whole family can get a dynamic and in-depth overview of New Zealand at Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa), one of the nation's main cultural institutions. The museum's native name loosely translates as the "Place of Treasures," an apt description for a building featuring six floors of collections that include everything from Maori artifacts and medieval clothing to animal fossils and local arts. With high-tech galleries designed to engage and educate visitors of all ages, the exhibits narrate the history and development of the Pacific Islands. Be sure to walk through the national art collection, and for a hands-on family-oriented experience, head to one of the themed discovery centers. The easiest way to explore the vast galleries is by guided tour--these leave from the second-level info desk several times a day. Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Wellington using our trip planner.
Improve this listing »
Create an itinerary including Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa)
map
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors
Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa) Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
12,211 reviews
Google
4.7
TripAdvisor
  • We visited on a weekday and it was super busy - and understandably so. The Maori section, the exhibit on Gallipoli and the Art gallery were all highlights. A must do whilst in Wellington.  more »
  • Could have spend a whole day here. 2 hours was all we had... not enough. This really is a must when you are in Wellington.  more »
  • Wow is all I can say,,, make England's museums look like little kids toys ,, Will be visiting again loved it  more »
Google
  • Te Papa Tongarewa has to feature among the greatest museums of the world, owing to the sheer variety of exhibits. The museum has been built on reclaimed land. It can take an entire day to cover all the sections of the museum. A portion of the museum is outdoors and overlooks the Wellington waterfront. My favourite displays in this museum were the colossal squid, Gallipoli - The Scale of our war and Awesome Forces. This is a place that will be enjoyed by both children and adults. There is a viewing terrace at the top from where we can get awesome panoramic views of the harbour. Staff were courteous while explaining the rules inside each pavilion. The Foyer level has a cafe and a store. When in Wellington, Te Papa museum is a must-visit.
  • The “Scale of our war” exhibit was incredible and moving! And the exhibitions regarding the Maori people was very interesting also. The cafe was reasonably priced. Can’t take your coffee in with you though, which is a bummer first thing in the morning.
  • The Gallipoli exhibit in Te Papa museum felt very intimate and surreal that it triggered my emotions in the end. It was the best art exhibition I have ever went to in my life. Some parts of the Te Papa museum was really historical and informative as well. Floor 4 and 5 where the art room is were filled by very creative and interactive pieces of art.
  • One of my all time favourite museums. I keep going there every time I'm in town. Great exhibits, and they change which is great! Sometimes exhibits take a long time to change and sections would be closed... but on the other hand it's free ... So no complaints!
  • While unfortunately I didn't get a chance to see the whole of the museum. The Anzac exhibition was absolutely amazing and easily the highlight of our visit. I found it to be incredibly immersive and often chilling when confronted with exactly what the Anzac soldiers went through. Would highly recommend this museum on that exhibit alone but when combined with the rest of it and the free entry its a no brainier.
Places to stay near Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa)

Plan your trip to Wellington

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Popular things to do in Wellington

View all >
4.9
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.5
Duration: 3​h
4.8
Duration: 1​h
4.3
Duration: 1​h 30​min

Side trips from Wellington

5
Duration: 8​h
4.8
Duration: 8​h
5
Duration: 4​h

Kids friendly things to do in Wellington

View all >
4.4
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.6
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.6
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.7
Duration: 3​h

Hidden gems in Wellington

4.7
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.8
Duration: 3​h 30​min
4.5
Duration: 1​h 30​min

Nature in Wellington

4.7
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.5
Duration: 2​h
4.6
Duration: 2​h

Nearby attractions in Wellington

4.2
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.2
Duration: 30​min
3.6
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.9
Duration: 4​h
4.7
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.7
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.8
Duration: 30​min

Plans to Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa) by other users

4 days in Wellington BY A USER FROM SPAIN February, popular sights PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 21 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM PHILIPPINES July, popular sights PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 12 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM THAILAND March, popular sights PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 17 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM BULGARIA February, popular sights PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 15 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE March, popular sights PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 32 days in North Island BY A USER FROM IRELAND June, popular sights PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 7 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE March, teens, kids, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: March, teens, kids, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 13 days in Auckland & Wellington BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND July, popular sights PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 13 days in Auckland, Wellington & Christchurch BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND July, popular sights PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 8 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE March, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 9 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA June, slow & easy, popular sights PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Slow & easy
View more plans