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Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa)

55 Cable St, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
+64 4-381 7000
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Ranked #2 of 145 attractions in Wellington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
Fee: No
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... more » 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. « less
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Definitely worth a look, some great New Zealand and Maori history within these walls. State of the art technological exhibits. Beautiful building, with state of the art architecture and (for those budget-concious backpackers) free, high-speed WiFi.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

One of our favourite museums in the world. The displays are beautiful, the information interesting and thorough and the interactivity could not be better. Our kid loves it more with every visit.

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mansfield texas
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Te Papa Tongarewa Museum is very well done and is worth your time. The museum is very extensive and has floors of exhibits. You have to carefully plan what you would like to see and follow that plan. It would take days to see the museum in its entirety. Our goal was to learn more about the Maori history, people... More

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LaPlace, Louisiana
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96 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

We were on a tour of New Zealand and saw quite a bit, but this museum offers a very good overview of the whole country. There are many interactive exhibits, static displays on everything from culture to sea creatures. Every positive review here is correct.

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Kabul
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Was an interesting visit to Te Papa, coffee shops are good with a good choice for a snack and drink while walking around.

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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

I am usually not a museum type of guy and we were forced to a visit of Te Papa by the bad weather. But this place is awesome. Modern, creative, interesting, interactive and great for kids. Free admission on top. Worth a visit

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

If you want to see new Zealand in one spot, this is it. From evolution, wildlife, invention, culture and everything in between. Great cafes, informative staff, easy to walk around and its all FREE (except for the cafes). Highly recommended if its your first visit to Kiwi land and even those who have been here all their lives.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We heard so much about Te Papa before visiting it and this place totally came up to our expactations. In my opinion its biggest advantage compared to other Museums is its interactivity. Visiting Te Papa has nothing to do with visiting any "classical" Museum you are used to visit. And there are so much things to discover at this place... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The Wellington museum is as good as any other in the country, though it doesn't have as many Maori artifacts as Auckland. The Te Marae exhibit is a fantastic and quirky work of art, one of the coolest man-made things you'll see in NZ. The Museum runs guided tours, the quality of which varies greatly depending upon your guide. Some... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This is a must see if you are in Wellington. The museum is world class with lots of exhibits and things to do. The adults and the kids will love the visit. The place even has a cafe if you are feeling peckish.

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