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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

55 Cable St, Wellington Waterfront, New Zealand, 6011 - View the map

Be part of the Aotearoa/New Zealand experience - visit Te Papa, New Zealand's innovative and interactive national museum. Located on Wellington's spectacular waterfront, the free-entry museum brings together the latest technology, interactive exhibits, and storytelling to reveal New Zealand's extraordinary past - and its present.

Te Papa Tongarewa literally means 'container of treasures'. Here you can admire an exquisitely carved marae (Maori meeting place), walk through living native bush, and be shaken in the Earthquake House as it simulates a real aftershock. View the national art collection, mix your own Pacific DJ beats, and come face to face with a colossal squid specimen. For hands-on activities and fun, families can visit our three themed children's Discovery Centres.

Experience the Gallipoli: The scale of our war exhibition that takes you on a journey through the Gallipoli campaign, as told through the eyes and words of the ordinary New Zealanders who were there. Developed by Te Papa, working closely with Weta Workshop, this exhibition will be on until 2018 to mark the WWI centenary commemorations.

While at Te Papa you can wander on your own or take one of the daily tours that's offered to enhance your experience. Want to learn even more? For a minimum cost you can take a private tour. Tours can be delivered by multilingual guides in Maori, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Arabic, Japanese, and Mandarin.

Since opening in 1998, Te Papa has attracted more than 24 million visitors and has been a huge success with international visitors as well as Kiwis - in fact it is the most visited museum in both New Zealand and Australia. Te Papa is Wellington's top-rated attraction on TripAdvisor, the world's biggest travel site, as well as TripAdvisor's Travellers' Choice 2013 Award winner.

At the end of your Te Papa adventure make sure to visit Te Papa Store. We offer a range of high-quality souvenirs, books, and clothing, as well as treasures created by New Zealand's finest artists, jewellers, and crafts people.

Free entry. Open 364 days 10am - 6pm, closed Christmas.

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+64 4 381 7000

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