Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington

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4.7/5 based on 7,500+ reviews on the web
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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  • really deserves to be visited, very good Museum, especially the floor dedicated to Maori cultures, there is another floor that tells the story of new Zealand, photos can be made in some places and in others not. It has a shop on the ground floor for purchases of items typical and prices are in line. go to Wellington means go to TE PAPA Museum.
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  • Great Venue. We messed up by only allowing one afternoon to see it all. You could easily spend two or three full days in here. 
  • Spent an amazing afternoon looking at the interesting and well put together exhibits, third trip there so I already knew it would be fab. I would certainly advise leaving plenty of time to do this pla...  read more »
  • My wife loves this place and I can see the appeal. The permanent exhibitions are great and the guest ones are, without exception, well put together. And the shop is great for kiwiana gifts. You can't beat Wellington on a good day. But when it's not a good day cone to Te Papa.
  • The WWI exhibit is astonishing, the level of detail unbelievable. A wonderful demonstration of the quality of work produced by Weta Workshop, and a touching and heartfelt remembrance of the ANZAC soldiers that lost their lives, and the lives they touched when we were at war. The Te Papa volunteer staff are some of the friendliest and most wonderful people I've met in service. An excellent experience for tourists and locals alike.
  • National museum with permanent exhibitions and varied short term such as game masters, andy warhol and tyrannosaurus rex. Part national history museum, part art gallery. Excellent for kids, really child friendly. Great to take out of towners to, so much to see and do. Lots of friendly, helpful& knowledgeable hosts. Beautiful but expensive gift store. Two cafes
  • Probably the best museum in New Zealand. This place houses a huge amount of frequently changing free (and sometimes paid) exhibitions. The building itself is large, modern and accessible. This includes 2 cafes, 2 shops and stand out favorite's such as the giant squid, Maori village and earthquake house. Highly recommended and free entry.
  • World class museum. Very large exibishion. Good location. Its FREE! Awesome museum. Went there four times during my stay in Wellington.
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