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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Te Papa is New Zealand’s bold and innovative national museum and a recognised world leader in interactive and visitor-focused museum experiences. New Zealand’s geology and natural environment and the stories of New Zealand’s indigenous people, the Māori, are celebrated in Te Papa's permanent exhibitions, while Te Papa’s Marae is a vibrant contemporary meeting house and a living communal centre, unique in a museum. An exciting range of exhibitions display New Zealand’s diverse art and visual culture and top-rating international exhibitions tour regularly. The event programme features free events and entertainment, performances, floortalks, lectures, and more.

Collection Type
Art, History, Natural History, Pacific, Taonga Maori, Technology

Contact Details
Postal address iconP O Box 467, Wellington
Telephone number icon64-4-381 7000
Web address iconhttp://www.tepapa.govt.nz

Visitor Information
Physical address iconCable Street, Wellington, New Zealand
Hours of operation iconDaily 10am-6pm Late night Thu to 9pm
Charges iconFree

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Gallipoli: The Scale of Our War

Te Papa is combining the worlds of movies, model-making, and museums to create an exhibition like no other. Gallipoli: The scale of our war brings together the creative artisans of Weta Workshop with the curatorial ...

Dates: 22-Sep-2018, 23-Sep-2018, 24-Sep-2018, 25-Sep-2018, 26-Sep-2018, 27-Sep-2018 View more sessions

Suffrage 125 Exhibition

On 19 September, exactly 125 years since Aotearoa became the first self-governing country in the world to grant women the vote, Te Papa will open a pop-up exhibition, Te Tohe mō ngā Take Wāhine / Doing It for ...

Dates: 22-Sep-2018, 23-Sep-2018, 24-Sep-2018, 25-Sep-2018, 26-Sep-2018, 27-Sep-2018 View more sessions

Royal NZ Ballet Family Day

Join the Royal NZ Ballet for a day – watch the dancers warm up in company class, see a working rehearsal, and come to kids’ dance workshops. Activities range from dress-ups to a sneak peek at the RNZB’s upcoming ...

Dates: 28-Sep-2018

Mr Lam Sam’s Musical Mayhem Show

Kids’ entertainer Chris Lam Sam leads a rip-roaring show for the whole family – come join the craziness! Leap into an hour of interactive musical fun – songs, games, giveaways, storytelling, and plenty of ...

Dates: 02-Oct-2018

Emergency Services Expo

Come to a family-friendly day of emergency services demonstrations and displays on the waterfront. The emergency services are bringing out their biggest boats and loudest sirens to entertain the school holiday ...

Dates: 05-Oct-2018

Craig Smith Wonky Donkey Man Holiday Show

Join Craig Smith as he performs songs from his much-loved books including Wonky Donkey, plus hear about his creative writing techniques. Creative writing workshop, 10.30–11.15am APRA award-winning musician and ...

Dates: 07-Oct-2018

Magic with Zappo

Zappo has some new tricks up his sleeve! Come see his fun-filled magic show featuring brand new magic tricks as well as all your old favourites. Zappo won 2015’s Top Children’s Entertainer Award at the Variety ...

Dates: 09-Oct-2018

Kids’ Theatre: Twinkle

Watch this simple and beautiful puppet show about Twinkle, a small girl who wants to fly. A lovely story about imagination, dreams, adventure and friendship. Twinkle spends a lot of time on her own. She gets given a ...

Dates: 11-Oct-2018, 12-Oct-2018

NZ Symphony Orchestra Concert for Kids

Jump up and down, listen to musical stories, and get up close with the instruments of the orchestra. Bring your little ones for a thrilling NZSO orchestral experience. With excerpts from the William Tell Overture, ...

Dates: 16-Oct-2018, 16-Oct-2018

Follow: Immersive Movement Tours with BodyCartography

In Follow, a new BodyCartography Project commission, dancers lead you through our new art galleries on a unique tour that uses movement to explore art in new ways. This one-on-one walking tour activates your senses ...

Dates: 19-Oct-2018, 02-Nov-2018

Archaeological Walking Tour

“What Lies Beneath: Wellington’s archaeology”. Mary O’Keeffe is an archaeologist and has been investigating Wellington’s archaeology for over 20 years. In this guided walk as part of Wellington Heritage ...

Dates: 22-Oct-2018

Christmas 2018 - Join-The-Party!

Got a small team but want a big party in Wellington? Te Papa has the solution. Join-The-Party by booking a table at one of our fun and festive Christmas parties. Your group will be wined, dined, and ...

Dates: 12-Dec-2018

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strap-toothed whale, Mesoplodon Layardii (Gray, 1865), Te Kaha near Mouriuri stream, MM002655Scarlett's Shearwater, Puffinus spelaeus, holotype, Te Ana Titi Cave, Fox River, S.028002
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Maori child
; American Photographic Company (Auckland); circa 1865; A.004643Girl; New Zealand Photographic Company; circa 1890; O.004080Miss Swanson
; American Photographic Company (Auckland); c1865; A.004691Untitled [Maori girl with parasol, cloak and crown]
; Sorrell, Charles; 1880s; O.037139Poster, 'Help the Children!'
; E. V. Paul, Government Printer; 25/04/1905; GH009881

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