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Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa)

Address: 55 Cable St, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 4-381 7000
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Type: Museums
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Type: Museums
Fee: No
Hours:
Thu 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Wed 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Owner description: Experience the whole of New Zealand in one building! Te Papa is New Zealand's bold, innovative and interactive national museum. Explore the great treasures and stories of this country, its unique natural environment, Maori culture and taonga (treasures), dynamic art heritage, and its fascinating history. Te Papa is located on Wellington's spectacular waterfront. Open every day from 10am to 6pm and until 9pm on Thursdays. General admission is free.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

We needed two afternoon to see everything. Exhibitions are very interesting and well designed. Explanations very clear. A lot of multimedia and interactive spots (for children and adults!). Serious, sometime funny and very clever.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

Plan on at least several hours...very informative, varied and interesting...wish we had more time to go back for another day...and it's free!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

All of the exhibitions were excellent, interesting, varied and informative. Things were set out in a clear and concise way. It is a spacious, well designed building. The exhibition about the immigrants was so very interesting as it covered their reasons for leaving their countries, the voyage and what life was like when they arrived in New Zealand.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

This museum has a load of really interesting exhibits including the mighty Colossal Squid! It's a fantastic place to while away a few hours and also has a great kids area to keep them out of trouble for a while. Love the fact that it's free (so is the wifi!). Must do when in Wellington.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Te Papa is a modern museum located on Wellington's waterfront. The AirNZ exhibition was excellent. They have a virtual flight simulator ride which gives you a futuristic view of what air travel may be like in the not too distant future.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Great place,plenty to see.Allow yourself around about 45 minutes on each level,maybe a bit more.Plenty for the kids to do as well while you have a good look around.If parked out on the road remember to check your car now and then to top up the meter.

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Taree, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

Amazing and well set out facility that looks at all aspects of NZ culture and history. This is a must see in Wellington for a few hours or a 'day' pretty much.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

We happened to be in Wellington on Christmas Day and as luck would have it, Te Papa is one of the few attractions open every day of the year. The exhibits are interesting and definitely worth a few hours of your time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

Great for kids of all ages. The permanent Maori exhibition is beautiful and an up close look at their culture. Facilities clean and well maintained and great selection of temporary exhibitions ( air nz 75 years and tyrannosaurus) lots of fabulous interactive exhibits. Loved it

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

Knowing summers almost end, it is time for browsing around with the locals views. The walking views are amazing within oriental bays

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