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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

Wheelchair accessCafeReference LibraryParkingShopFunction SpaceGuided TourPublic ProgrammesMembership ClubToilets
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Gallipoli: The Scale of Our War

On now until April 2018. 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 ...

Dates: 22-Nov-2017, 23-Nov-2017, 24-Nov-2017, 25-Nov-2017, 26-Nov-2017, 27-Nov-2017 View more sessions


Sing along with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Enjoy a family concert or take part in a carol-singing workshop. It’s free, and everybody is welcome! Join the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra for a day of free ...

Dates: 24-Nov-2017

After School Club: Game Design

Te Papa is hosting two After School Club: Game Design programmes in Term 4! Suitable for kids aged 9–14. Join our game design After School Club and make your own game alongside industry professionals. You don’t ...

Dates: 28-Nov-2017, 29-Nov-2017, 05-Dec-2017, 06-Dec-2017, 12-Dec-2017, 13-Dec-2017 View more sessions

Christmas Lights Extravaganza At Bush City

Come along to our Christmas Lights Extravaganza! Sneak-a-peek at sleeping Santa or discover the interactive elves workshop, while surrounded by magical lights and Christmas trees. Red Gates bar and the Level 1 café ...

Dates: 01-Dec-2017, 02-Dec-2017, 03-Dec-2017, 08-Dec-2017, 09-Dec-2017, 10-Dec-2017 View more sessions

Christmas At Bush City

Join us at Bush City for a day of free, family fun! Explore the elves workshop or take part in the Lego dig for a chance to win a family pass to Let’s Go Build: A festival for Lego lovers! Prams can be stored at the ...

Dates: 30-Nov-2017, 01-Dec-2017, 02-Dec-2017, 03-Dec-2017, 04-Dec-2017, 05-Dec-2017 View more sessions

Let’s Go Build: A Festival for LEGO Lovers

A festival for LEGO lovers of all ages. This summer, go on a journey around the world through huge LEGO models – then pick up some bricks and start building! One of only 14 LEGO Certified Professionals globally, ...

Dates: 08-Dec-2017, 09-Dec-2017, 10-Dec-2017, 11-Dec-2017, 12-Dec-2017, 13-Dec-2017 View more sessions

Mack At the Red Gate

Come along to Red Gates for an afternoon with Mack - listen to some new originals as well as the ones you know - and of course a few covers of songs you love. Red Gates bar at Te Papa is a great outdoors venue, a sun ...

Dates: 13-Jan-2018, 02-Feb-2018, 10-Mar-2018

Your Business - Your Asset Seminar 2018

The New Zealand Business Leaders Collective are excited to bring to you the: "Your Business - Your Asset" Seminar 2018 - the business event to kick off the year. Get ahead. Gain invaluable insight. Progress your ...

Dates: 29-Jan-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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