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. Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Wellington using our trip planner.
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  • A really wonderful museum. I have to admit that in general I would rather be outside exploring a new city than in a museum, but partly because of the poor weather we went to this museum and were reall...  more »
  • We saw the exhibition about the Gallipoli campaign. Very moving. The whole museum is excellent, beautiful building. Well worth a visit.  more »
  • A lot of Maori stuff, as well as items from other pacific islanders. A large collection of wildlife exhibits, culminating in a giant squid. Also a large section on NZ's participation in World War 1.  more »
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  • Amazing displays. Helpful and plentiful guides at hand. The Cententary of ANZAC is a MUST see - but be warned: you will come away emotionally drained. I understand this display has recently won a global award as the best museum exhibit in the world. And, I can readily believe it. All free entry: no exhibition charge required. Well done Te Papa. An easy walk from centre of town, close to the waterfront.
  • This free museum is a must do when you are in Wellington. There is something to suit everyone. It's just a fabulous building in its self. It has two cafes....the ground floor cafe is great choice for families. Don't miss the education rooms on each level the hands on experience will keep the little ones amused.
  • Really great museum. Most of the exhibitions are free and you can walk around at your own pace. We actually took 2 half days there, it's that big! Definitely recommend it! Very educational. Good insight into New Zealand culture!!
  • Incredible free museum with very informative displays. There are some paid displays but you could easily spends a day and still not see the entire museum. Had two options for food with a cheaper more kids friendly option on the ground level as well as a more cafe like option on level 2. Try your hand at creating a giant octopus on the digital display and you can check out it's progress online. Too cute! The interactive kids area is going to be renovated with an incredible new interactive display to replace it in 2018.
  • So much to see and do at this unique museum. Free entry too! (occasionally has special exhibits which will have a small fee) Lots of fun, interactive exhibits indoors for all ages, even a little bush walk outside. The war exhibition on level one is a must-see, giant war figures, very moving stories and facts. Cool photo opportunities in the main areas - be sure to visit the colourful marae upstairs too.

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