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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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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Thu 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Wed 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fee: No
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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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Excellent museum

Easily accessible on waterfront in Wellington. Highly informative, and varied exhibits from Maori and NZ history and culture, to local artist exhibitions to a specialised... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Ringwood, United Kingdom

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Ringwood, United Kingdom
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66 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Easily accessible on waterfront in Wellington. Highly informative, and varied exhibits from Maori and NZ history and culture, to local artist exhibitions to a specialised animation exhibition. Modern spacious building, nice cafe on grand floor and plenty of loos on ea floor. Tip - start on top floor and work your way down as most people do the opposite.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We went specifically for the Anzac exhibition which was brilliant. If only I had more time I could have spent days in there. Due to said lack of time, unfortunately we didn't get to see much else of the museum though what parts we did rush through at closing time looked fantastic. Will definitely return!

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Thank Nick W
Guilford, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Very comprehensive collection of Maori and New Zealand history. Saw an excellent exhibit on the Gallipoli campaign as well. Has to be the most significant tourist experience in Wellington.

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Thank Peter9234
Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We visited te papa with my 3yr old son. The colours and detail of decor from each exhibit was amazing. Made you feel like you were in the middle earth, or under the sea etc.. so many things for my son to see and often sections for him to be able to touch and explore. He loved the shop set... More 

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Cooroy, Queensland, Australia
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7 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

You could spend hours here. Well worth a visit as everyone would find something interesting to see. We only had a short time and had a very informative guide.

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Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I'm a local and so take advantage of having Te Papa on the doorstep, but haven't been for a while I went with my daughter and friend to see the Dreamworks exhibition. Fantastic. We saw some early drawings of characters from some of the movies, Shrek, How to Train your dragon and others. The highlight was a short film with... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We went to Te Papa to view the Gallipoli exhibition. What a great exhibition, well done to the Weta Workshop. Great photos reproduced in B & W and in colour. Recommend a visit to exhibition before it finishes. Recommend a week day visit, we visited on a Saturday and waited 30 plus minutes to get in. Lots of families. The... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Recommend the $15 one hour intro tour Also you just visit the dreamworks animation exhibition (fee payable) so worth it Clean,tidy,not to busy Loads of children's areas

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The $15 to get access at 9.05 am was well worth the money. This allowed you into the museum pre public and this meant you were able take in the full effect of the stories behind these ANZAC'S. We were able to take in all the information in our own time and was able to see everything. The attention to... More 

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Newcastle, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Te Papa is just beautiful & such an interesting place to visit. The Peter Jackson exhibition was on & it left you gob smacked.

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