Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington

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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. Plan your visit to Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Wellington itinerary maker.
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  • Two main expositions at Te Papa: Gallipoli - Scale of war - stunning, sobering and very thought provoking. The Bug Show - fantastic for the kids - very tactile, hands on stuff, and superb oversize sce...  more »
  • Treat yourself to a day checking out the regular collection and the special exhibition of the day. You won't regret it.  more »
  • This is Te Papa. Free admission and many interesting, interactive insights into the history and culture of the country, the Maori. The oversized figures in the history of the first world war are very special. They give you a plastic impression but speak louder than words
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  • An absolute must visit. We spent two days here, and I could have gone for a third really. One of the best museums I've been to. Fantastic exhibits, really well done. Sometimes found it a bit confusing the move through and not miss things - a clear flow direction would be nice - but the quality of exhibits more than makes up for any confusion we felt in trying to get around.
  • This is a great rainy day activity, and this is a wonderful visit if you want to learn more about the beautiful country of New Zealand. If you're not convinced then the free entry into the museum should entice you. There are exhibits on the local flora and fauna, earthquakes, Native culture, and the social history of this young nation. There is a lot to see and visit at this incredible museum, so take your time and enjoy. You are allowed to take pictures, but there are some exhibits which forbid taking pictures, with or without a flash. There is a café as well as the requisite gift shop. You can also check your coat and bag if you wish to do so. There is free wifi as well so you can connect to social media when you have the time.
  • One of the most incredible museums I have every been to! The Gallipoli Exhibition was very moving and it touched my soul that I could almost feel the pain and angst that those soldiers went through. Besides the beautiful Art and the Maori Culture section inside the museum, the Gallipoli Exhibition tour is highly recommended for every person - young and middle age - to experience and appreciate the pain those men went through to change the history of our World. My respect!
  • Was here as part of a international conference . As venue, it had great facilities, wonderful view (when not raining) and the food was great. Best was the opportunity to view the excellent exhibits in between meetings. A bonus for those there on Sundays, a great fresh produce market in the morning.
  • Came here to see the Gallipoli exhibition - fantastic! Engaging narrative, great flow and amazing sculptures. School holidays and a rainy day meant there was about a 30min wait to get in but it was worth it. The museum cafe is ok, but a little bit over priced as you would expect. If you're looking for a bite, I would take the time to try one of the many cafes on offer just a short walk away.