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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
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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 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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Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

Had a coffee in the cafe on the 2nd floor. The staff didnt know how to make a decent coffee it was lukewarm and bitter and as the food looked dried up and unapettising, we had lunch elsewhere after we drank the coffees. Dissapointing as Te Papa is wonderful.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

we have been going to Te Papa since the day it opened. It is an interesting and fascinating museum. It's free to visit and the exhibits are historically and culturally educational. If visiting Wellington do not miss Te Papa

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San Mateo
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

Beautiful building; however, collection is not that great. Visit if you have time, but do not make it your first priority.

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Frisco, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

Te Papa isn't just any museum. It's a tribute to the history, geography, and culture of New Zealand. It's a must visit if you happen to be visiting Wellington. It's been a long while since I last visited New Zealand, but I always am sure to stop by Te Papa if I'm visiting.

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Sunshine Coast, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

...but were so blown away by the Mana Whenua exhibition that we forgot all about it. I have no idea what else is in the museum, I was so taken by this wonderful cultural gallery that anything else was irrelevant. We'll just have to go back again ;-)

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kathmandu valley
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

hours of exploration and education. was truly awesome. from art, to dinosaurs to social history, its all there.

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Jakarta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

I drove from Turangi about 4 hours and parked at Barnet street. I am very glad to visit Te Papa, because I can understand the relationship between Maori and Westerners who are relatively living in harmonious. I think the christianity has made this happened, because every human is equal. I think this is a basic foundation for New Zealand to... More

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Paraparaumu, Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

How lucky to have such a wonderful place to visit of such high quality, this is truly a must experience to see and absorb, good N.Z. History of all types, also good Art Exhibitions when on show. Great for young and old. Do not miss this and no charge, only for special Exhibitions. We are so lucky to have it... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

Free exhibitions! Learned much about the history of Maori people and native animals of New Zealand. Many guides available if you have any questions and museum tours are available too.

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

We went to see the Walking with Dinosaur exhibit ($14 per adult) but ended up spending the day looking around the whole place. The dinosaur part was very well done but a little smaller than I expected. There is many interactive things for kids throughout and makes for a great outing.

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