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Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa)

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Address: 55 Cable St, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 4-381 7000
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Thu 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Wed 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Description: Experience the whole of New Zealand in one building! Te Papa is New...
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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Te Papa is a credit to Wellington, the "coolest little Capital in the world", and is noticeably a tribute to New Zealand as a nation with complex and diverse history. Entry is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 6, 2015
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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015 NEW

Te Papa is a credit to Wellington, the "coolest little Capital in the world", and is noticeably a tribute to New Zealand as a nation with complex and diverse history. Entry is free, and there's plenty to see and do. Open 10am - 6pm daily (open later on Thursday) Great for kids or adults.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015 NEW

We took the guided tour which really showed the best of whats on offer in a couple of hours Beautifully designed - well laid out and many areas of diverxe interest reflecting the character an d history of NZ

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

Spent hours here and easily could've spent more. The Maori temple is amazing and the earthquake simulator is fun. Lots of great, not to miss exhibits and a major plus is that the museum is free!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

We did the introductory tour which was interesting but did not seem to offer any great advantage over a completely self-guided visit. There is certainly a lot to see in the museum and it is well worth spending at least a few hours there, but I must admit that I was disappointed with the lack of information on the Maori... More 

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Madison, WI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

Some fine art, some fine contemporary art, a virtual reality ride on an airplane (and cool vintage travel posters), wonderful history of NZ exhibit that explains its relationship with GB and the U.S., nice natural and social exhibits, cool architecture and café area, decent gift shops, wifi access and, did I say, it's FREE? After paying admission fees just about... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

Te Papa is a great national museum, and it's wonderful that there's no admission charge, so you can visit again and again. We particularly liked the exhibits highlighting the Maori culture, the background behind earthquakes, "Passport"--which chronicles the story of immigration to New Zealand, and the ongoing Air New Zealand 75th Anniversary Exhibit. There's a decent cafe; rest rooms are... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

Whoever designed this very modern museum knew just what was needed in order to display the history of New Zealand. There are so many artifacts in this building that, unless you want to take your sleeping bag, you can't appreciate it all in one visit. There is even the ability to experience an earthquake which, for us British, is an... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

Located in the heart of downtown, this is an excellent attraction to spend half a day with the family. Lots of interesting things for kids as well. Within walking distance of most downtown hotels. And best of all...its free!

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

We had heard many good things about this museum and were not disappointed. It is a terrific experience. There's so much to see that you really do need to go again and again. The exhibits are also beautifully presented. The highlights for me were the chance to sit in a Maori meeting house and the film of different New Zealanders... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

A great museum. We spent around 4 hours there and could have spent more. Much of the focus is fairly New Zealand specific, which was great as it did not feel like it could be anywhere, which many museums do. Plenty of interactive exhibits, presumably aimed at children but fun and interesting for adults Much less crowded than other large... More 

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