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Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa)

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Address: 55 Cable St, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
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+64 4-381 7000
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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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 10am to 6pm every day except Christmas Day. General admission is free.

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We've visited the museum for free, you have around five floors of information, science, aquatic world, wars, earthquakes, art, etc. Specifically the war exhibition is quite... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Good on Maori history and early settlement. Lots of help from volunteers as you enter, but no-one to be found on upper floors where directions are sparse and the exhibits do not have a good "flow pattern". Could use a professional make-over. All the material is there but you waste a lot of time finding it. A big contrast with... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We've visited the museum for free, you have around five floors of information, science, aquatic world, wars, earthquakes, art, etc. Specifically the war exhibition is quite amazingly done by the super talented Weta studios from New Zealand. Really good to spend a couple of hours and get your brain going :)

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Just great museum and experience centre for both children and adults, no admission so just go here, great

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Due West, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The building itself is impressive architecture, and the displays are very well curated. The War exhibit was done by Weta Cave, so is more than lifelike. The earthquake exhibits are interactive and fun.

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Thank elsner2016
Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went to the Gallipoli exhibition and I would recommend it to everyone! The only thing that was annoying was the screaming children running around but it was still incredible.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great morning out. The gallipoli experience was great. So much history. Loved the Maori history. Plenty of interactive things for the children.

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Rushden, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We visited this during the school holidays and it wasn't crowded at all. So much to see and do for all ages. GO VISIT!! The Gallipoli Exhibition was so well done and very thought provoking.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The museum is a six level building sitting by the seaside. A very informative, interesting and valuable place to visit. My family has been here before but this time I'm impressed by the "Gallipoli. The scale of our war"

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is an impressively large museum, with lots of exhibits about New Zealand culture, history, and geology. The kids enjoyed the shaking earthquake exhibit. However we found that there was no order the cultural exhibits. For example, it was impossible to get a linear order of Maori culture. We actually learnt more from the kids sections. Good museum, but could... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Awesome Gallipoli exhibition and worth waiting in the queue for. Teenager enjoyed it. We were all moved by it. Cafe at Te Papa could be a lot better. It would be great if our National Museum had excellent coffee and food.

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