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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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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

I liked all of it...lots of modern displays as well as the history of the first settlers and the local indigenous groups. Loved the art work especially, but no photos allowed.

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Richmond, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

We made the mistake of visiting Te Papa on our 2011 NZ trip – only 2 hours before our planned departure elsewhere. This time we were determined to do it properly in 2014. Te Papa is a museum and art gallery which you simply cannot rush. Allow at least a full 6 hour day for this attraction. Take it leisurely,... More

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Reading, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

I spent many hours in this museum as it is full of wonderful exhiits and information. I advise against saving it for a rainy afternoon as there is too much to see in just one visit. I actually ended up going back 4 times to make sure I saw everything!

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Wellington, New Zealand
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28 reviews 28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I have been to Te Papa too many times to count. As someone not from this land, Te Papa gives me deep insight into what New Zealand is all about. Te Papa encompasses all one could imagine about the natural & social history of this place. You can walk from an exhibit that explores the social upheavals of the 60s... More

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San Diego, California
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

AND FREE! I loved my visit to this museum, and we didn't even get to explore the whole thing! The videos, the wonderful exhibits on the animals and birds native to NZ. I especially like the giant squid. This is a must-see for anyone interested in new Zealand culture.

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Athens
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38 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Lots of things- Small an juicy displays- visually attractive-playful-relevant-not lugubrious, historicist or looking back

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Sydney, Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

My husband and I visited this museum - it is great with lots of interesting information. A wonderful place for families with lots of "hands on" things for children (and adults) to do.

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Fantastic way to spend some time for free, you really can't beat it. If you have kids they'll love it. Very interactive, something for everyone and easily accessible. Recommend it to anyone.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

The museum has variety that would please family and adults alike. It's FREE which makes for a great way to spend a day when Wellington weather lets you down. MUST do.

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

we had a work dinner at this place and it was simply amazing, tour guides are fabulous and Maori culture area is simply the best by far.

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