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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 are often visiting New Zealand from the UK to see relatives and friends and finally made time to go to Te Papa. And it was worth it! We booked on a museum tour and had a... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We are often visiting New Zealand from the UK to see relatives and friends and finally made time to go to Te Papa. And it was worth it! We booked on a museum tour and had a wonderful guide who wove her tales, stories and knowledge through every part of the tour. Its most definitely worth taking a tour first... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Second time here; last time was four years ago. Went here this time specifically for the Galipoli exhibition, which was absolutely mind-blowing. There was a queue to enter and it was definitely packed with people once you get inside, but once you go past the initial section, the crowd becomes more manageable. The exhibition was so well-planned and well-crafted. Of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My 6 yr old and I spent the entire day here. We paid for a 60 min tour and the Bug Lab. I recommend both. She loved the Bug Lab. Extraordinary exhibit of the NZ WWI involvement. Very interactive museum so my 6 yr old stayed engaged. We skipped the art level because my kid wasn't interested and it's not... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a very good museum with modern well thought out exhibits and display information. The Gallipoli exhibition is truly remarkable and very worthwhile queuing to see. It tells the history of the Anzacs involved in the disastrous Gallipoli campaign via individuals who are each represented by 2xlifesize models, which are incredibly realistic. They were made by the same workshop... More 

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Spend a full day here! Super interactive and fun. My friend and I loved it. Highly recommend and it's free!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

You can spend many hours in here. There are 4 levels can very nag different topics. The models in the Gallipoli exhibit are absolutely amazing. So detailed. Learning about earthquakes is a must do!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We queued for about fifteen minutes to see the Gallipoli exhibition. If you have limited time and some money, pay for the early private tour, as the squash of people at the entrance means you cannot really enjoy the excellent exhibition.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Nice place to see history of New Zealand,. spread accross 5 floors and usually half day should be allocated to the museum to do justice

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The museum covers the Polynesian culture, British culture that came into New Zealand, extensive coverage of earthquake and volcano science which is a major issue, and an amazing special exhibit regarding the World War I Battle of Gallipoli which saw nearly 8.000 New Zealand casualties. The Exhibit was done by the Weta studios of Peter Jackson and it is really... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great building, more on the local history would be good, seemed to try to cover all bases but none well. Lots of people there when we visited so it certainly is an attraction in the city centre. Location is great as it provides good views of the city/bay Should develop as it grows. Worth a visit!

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