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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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Type: Museums
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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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Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

What a great place to visit for all ages. This real treasure house of customs, history and painful truths is an ever changing picture of the story of the Kiwis. Or should I say the story of the ever changing picture of the Kiwis? A reflection of the vibrant and self critical culture of this great nation, it is a... More

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

I was happy to learn a lot about the natural disasters of New Zealand, the history that formed this country, and much more! It gave me a lot of insight not having been to the country before. It was a spacious museum that was set up well. And best of all, it was absolutely free. It was totally worth it.

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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

From the architecture of the building to the displays, this is a really nice museum. There were plenty of interesting displays, and a really great little gift shop. Definitely a nice way to spend an afternoon.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Simply amazing exhibits, and it was all free (except for the T-Rex exhibit, which we should have given a miss) Even though the website says it opens at 8.30am, it actually opens at 10am, so we have to kill some time walking along the water. A minor inconvenience for this superior and very interesting experience!!

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

We were a party of 3. Age range 6-70 yrs old and we all enjoyed a full day at Te Papa. I came away in awe of the quality and interest of the displays in atrium-like airy display halls and I noticed many careful touches which communicated the values of New Zealanders tinged with humour. A dinosaur exhibition was on... More

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Blenheim, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

The dinosaur exhibit was a hit and the location fabulous! My eight year old wanted to return over and over during our weekend visit!

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Live Oak, Florida
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

WOW.....great museum and it is absolutely free. There is a chance to donate in order to maintain this wonderful facility. We came on a cruise ship and left this to the end. However, we wish we could have allocated more time to this amazing and informative museum on natural history and New Zealand. Don't miss the gigantic squid. The facilities... More

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Penang Island, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Te Papa easily stand head to head with NYC's MET or to an extent .. British Museum.. It's really well worth the experience to savor all of 'New Zealand' at one go.

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New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

centrally located, lots to see and very interesting. make sure you allow a couple of hours to check this place.

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Picton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Had an interesting time checking out the Dinosaurs here, was really interesting, well worth a look at the exhibition.

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