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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  • Great experience. It is a fantastic and huge museum, completely free. You can easily spend even two days walking around and learning about NZ history, fauna and much more. We paid for the introduction tour which consists on one hour presentation of all the sections of the museum. They will walk your around and explain what's in each part and then you can come back to see it in detail. I believe it's worth the time and the money. Totally recommended
  • Te Papa is an amazing place to go for all ages. It's free. Has many interactive things to do. Places for kids to enjoy their learning. Amazing artwork around. The Maori area is beautiful. And the amount of things to do is amazing!
  • A must-visit place on a trip to Wellington. I had to visit twice as the first time I only went for a quick look what's inside which took me around 2 hours. If you take time to read pretty much everything it would take anyone at least half a day to tour the building. Here you can see informative exhibits that mostly involve around New Zealand's rich culture. Some of them are interactive too. Also has a cafe if you feel the eat to have a quick bite.
  • The museum was nice. I liked the variety in exhibit options and the Great War exhibit was excellent. Disappointed with the staff. My friend and I arrived to see a guided tour just leaving the lobby. We tried to purchase tickets so we could join as they walked up the stairs and the front desk refused because it would be too disruptive. The next tour would only be available in two hours. So we went off on our own, and when we approached an employee with a question at one point he began his answer with “you’re joking, right?” Rude and condescending. Not a good impression overall.
  • Nice place to spend few hours or even whole day. Very diverse exhibits in one place, all prepared with care, lot of interesting information and interactivity included. While entry is free it is worth to pay 20$ for 1 hour guided tour which will provide general orientation so you can choose your points of interest afterwards.
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