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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  • August 16, 2017
    While on a recent trip to Wellington, my wife and I visited the Museum of New Zealand. The outside of the building is quite attractive and the displays inside all very well done. I'm not sure I would ...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    While we focused on the kid sections of the museum, it was well done, and we throughly enjoyed it. Ideally, I would spend 2-3 hours here. Enjoy walking around outside on the water too.  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    I went specifically to see the Gallipolli Exhibition. Apologies for the spelling. Auto check is not helping! After having been to Weta Workshops and learning how the models were constructed, I found t...  more »
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  • The best museum ever! If my time wasn't restricted when I came to visit, I would have stayed longer. I would definitely come back for a second round and read everything about the Gallipoli war. It got me super interested about what really happened. Honestly, it was such an amazing experience and it made me think about the sacrifices that were made to serve the country.
  • The best museum ever! If my time wasn't restricted when I came to visit, I would have stayed longer. I would definitely come back for a second round and read everything about the gallipoli war. It got me super interested about what really happened. Honestly, it was such an amazing experience and it made me think about the sacrifices that were made to serve the country.
  • This place is Sooooo Awesome. Come and have a look if you have some spare time. Great for children and adults. Lots of great exhibitions to see. Cafe food available but is overpriced. So , bring your own lunch. It will be cheaper in the end. Plenty of parking available.
  • The best museum that I ever visited. There are so many things to see and it's totally free (unless you use the parking. The price is $2 / 30 min). You cannot be in Wellington without visit this place
  • Although being the most advertised and famous, it is mostly for kids and school visits. It's a boring museum designed to minimum interaction (probably because of the kids). It's usually packed with kids that are not very respectful and keep cutting in front of you, making it a very annoying experience. You should go for a quick visit, but there are just a few interesting displays and not much intelligent, thought-provoking creative knowledge like other museums do. If you have kids, that's the place for you, as it does create a good educational environment for children and teenagers. If you have no kids, there are better options around that cater to a more mature audience. It's a free museum.

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