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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  • Seriously it felt as though 1000's of children had been unleashed and given a bag full of red lollies before hand. Running and screaming and touching everything. I get that they are kids but kind...  more »
  • Great time, lots of free interesting and exciting attractions and exhibits. The kids loved it and so did the adults!  more »
  • Had seen the fantastic Gallipoli exhibition before, but had time to spare so decided to look at the Surrealist Art exhibition. Surrealism not my style, but this is a superbly curated exhibition...  more »
  • Fabulous museum with a great mix of educational attractions. Anzac displays particularly memorable with super sized wax models of various war heroes. Portrait gallery also impressive but suggest a short bio on each painting as done in Canberra.
  • This is a wonderful place, full of splendor and joy. What a gift to this city and all who come visit her. We will certainly be back and bring friends, family and whoever else we can convince to join us to this wonderful treasure. So much to see and do, you could spend several days here and not see it all.
  • This is possibly one of the best museums I have ever been in. Its huge with some of the most interesting displays of local culture and history and art. The cafe was nice and not too expensive. Best of all, it is FREE entry! I would gladly pay to view a single section of this place! We graced the gift shop and spent some money on some amazing art, decorations and a blanket.
  • We only visited the war memorial, but it was stellar! There were so many stories from individuals who participated in the war, and the texts were respectful to both sides. The museum appeared to have more to offer, but we had already spent an hour in the war exhibition and had to move on. The statues built by Weta studio were amazingly detailed and huge! I recommend visiting the museum and the studio together.
  • We loved the War exhibition, so much detail and amazing layout. Nice view from the top. Ever changing exhibitions. Thought there might be some standard ones there all the time like nature and ocean but doesnt seem to be. Loved the visit.

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