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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  • lovely place, we worth a visit, out door area excellent, nice layout and fun place, paid parking, cafe has nice coffee 
    lovely place, we worth a visit, out door area excellent, nice layout and fun place, paid parking, cafe has nice coffee  more »
  • Gallipoli and the artwork was fantastic. There was also a cafe there where we enjoyed some meals. The store has many interesting items to purchase 
    Gallipoli and the artwork was fantastic. There was also a cafe there where we enjoyed some meals. The store has many interesting items to purchase  more »
  • We first went here 21 years ago with our 2 boys this time there was just the 2 of us so we could go where we wanted. We were advised to start at the top and work our way down we did this . At the top....  more
    We first went here 21 years ago with our 2 boys this time there was just the 2 of us so we could go where we wanted. We were advised to start at the top and work our way down we did this . At the top....  more »
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  • We went to see the Rita Angus exhibit, which opened our eyes to the vibrant colour, layering and the strong geometric elements in Angus's work. You really do need to see the originals to understand how strong her colour palate was. Te Papa has the space and expertise to exhibit well. The touristy products are excellent, but expensive. However, they are well made and I did buy a less pricey item.
  • First trip to Te Papa for a few years. Great improvements made to cafe on ground floor. Modern menu, improved decor and great taste in food. We visited Level 2, 4 and 5. Level 2 the native species is much improved and has heaps of hands on displays. The earthquake house also updated which is great.
  • I have always enjoyed Te Papa in the past and the revamped nature section is awesome. However the cost of parking is excessive, the signage for the building (not the exhibits) is confusing and the building temperature was kept very low. The whole place had a very American feel. 1st floor instead of ground floor, air conditioning set cooler than necessary, and a generally more corporate feel than there has been in the past. There seemed to be fewer guides than I recalled on previous visits and I felt less welcomed to our museum in New Zealand and rather just a visitor to a museum anywhere.
  • Bruce, on the top level, was a total delight. My friend and I went about an hour before closing so it was pretty quiet, and he came over to tell us about multiple different exhibits. He knows his stuff and is such a delight - sorry. Te Papa is cool but Bruce gets a 5/5 rating from me
  • Absolutely beautiful food.. friendly service. One thing could have improved experience .... We felt very rushed to leave as soon as we had finished, bar staff asked to clear all our table including water glasses as the dishwasher needed to go on!! It would have been nice to sit for a while to enjoy my friends company without feeling like a nuisance .

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