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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  • Te Papa is by far and away the best museum I've visited anywhere in the world. Typically New Zealand but awesome for kids, parents and grandparents... you can lose days in there, over and over again!  more »
  • Love the exhibits about early immigrants to NZ and Treaty of Waitangi. There's also an impressive war exhibit about WWI. Top floor terrace has a very nice view of the waterfront and bay. Free entry fo...  more »
  • Te papa is a must see in Wellington, and you could spend a whole day visiting it. The most interesting part, in my opinion, is the one devoted to NZ history and culture, which devotes great attention ...  more »
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  • 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.
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