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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 125 Attractions in Wellington
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 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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Porirua, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

A place where everyone wants to visit, as a grandparent I get to spend a lot of time in the cafes here with a good book, waiting, waiting to closing time so the kids will finally leave. I wasn't that impressed when the café staff continually cleaned down the chairs with a very toxic smelling cleaner throughout the day. Felt... More

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Oakland, CA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

we had hoped that the Te Papa would give a good cultural context. Frankly, it seemed that the exhibits were so cautious about cultural sensitivities that they missed the mark. The artifacts are impressive. We didn't feel like we had even a survey understanding of Maori or New Zealand culture or history leaving. It is an impressive collection, but look... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

The Te Papa Museum is easily accessed in downtown Wellington, the Museum has lots of great hands on exhibits for both young and old, Maori culture naturally features predominately in this building with both pre and existing periods including fauna and flora, unfortunately some of which are now extinct. We especially liked the earthquake room which gave a chilling representation... More

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Queenstown, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

Our visit to Te Papa was so enjoyable,spent two hours there and could have stayed another two. A great atmosphere with lots of people visiting including tourists and school parties. Displays were magnificent and extensive each level has a different theme.Listening to the guides and their commentaries gave a complete history of that being viewed.The wonderful thing about this whole... More

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Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

We with our Scottish Clan spent half a day at Te Papa - and it was a time to remember - little 2 year old Isla had a great time exploring and taking in the huge array of sights and sounds - very educational to all ages - we also had a good time in the outside areas - lunched... More

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Breckenridge, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW via mobile

it is free except for the featured exhibit of T Rex. We did not see that but enjoyed all of the other exhibits

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Melbourne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

A volunteer came up and explained where to go etc. didn't have much time need a few hours to see everything properly but definitely well worth it

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

I loved going to Te Papa and learning about the history of New Zealand. I went on the guided 1 hour tour which was fantastic for highlights of New Zealand. We began with an introduction on how NZ was formed through to the agreement with traditional Maori chiefs and the Queen. Our tour guide was informative, engaging and fun. I... More

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

Te Papa has multiple levels. They have provided interactive areas for young children. It is a good place to gain insight into the indigenous people and the European settlers. Allow your self plenty of time to see all floors. The museum also has free wifi.

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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

Spent the last day of our holiday before an evening flight exploring Te Papa, and what a great day. Quite apart from it being a perfect Museum day with Wellington being wet and windy, we learned and saw so much, the day just flew by for us. From local art to early inhabitants, wildlife and geology, the exhibits were fascinating... More

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