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“An Outstanding Museum!”

Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa)
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Guided Tour
Ranked #1 of 234 things to do in Wellington
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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 10am to 6pm every day except Christmas Day. General admission is free.
Sparks, Nevada
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“An Outstanding Museum!”
Reviewed May 14, 2013

This is the best museum that I have ever visited! Excellent interactive displays, featuring a very good selection of biological, geological and cultural components of New Zealand. The venue seems well designed and especially well laid out.

Subjects were very well presented, in a modern manner, with some very well done interactive displays.

Visited April 2013
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“Excellent - especially on a quiet Thursday evening.”
Reviewed May 13, 2013

I'm a museum professional so it's always nice to see what other museums are doing and how they are doing it. I was pleased to see them open late night on a Thursday and it was a lovely, peaceful experience. No crowds or school kids and there were no special exhibitions on so I could just wander around and take it all in. Everything is well sign-posted and easy to get to via lifts or escalators. The natural history area is stunning with suspended whale skeletons, dioramas, and NZ bird noises, and there are plenty of exhibit signs and good lighting. I was thrilled to see that they have FOUR hands-on children's Discovery areas, all slightly differently themed, as well as a creative area in their art wing. This was really nice, with tables, art paper and pencils and lots of inspiration with Ralph Hotere and Michael Parakowhai works around. The cafe on the 5th (?) floor looked very nice - deep leather chairs and low lighting. It was a grown up area as opposed to a family cafe. Loved the NZ nostalgia area and the Maori culture exhibits. I was in there two hours and barely scratched the surface. The staff were very helpful indeed. When I left at 6.45, they were kind enough to call me a taxi. Highly recommended and they have a Warhol exhibition coming apparently.

Visited May 2013
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“Wonderful experience”
Reviewed May 13, 2013 via mobile

You can spend so much time getting involved with and exploring all the different exhibits. A stop for coffee half way and drool over the Brittain motor cycle. Than experience an earthquake. Great for adults and children

Visited December 2012
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Hastings NZ
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“She ain't like she used to be”
Reviewed May 12, 2013

Had small grandchildren with us so stayed in the Natural
History part which they loved - especially being allowed to open any drawer they wanted to see what was inside.
Te Papa remains a favorite with them and I would like to return, one day, for my own tour of discovery

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“Diverse interesting free nearby and modern”
Reviewed May 12, 2013 via mobile

Great place to visit, leave plenty of time as it's huge. The gamemasters feature exhibit that was there while we visited was great and definitely our highlight but would recommend a visit in any case!

Visited April 2013
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