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Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa)
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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.
Reviewed June 24, 2013

Every kiwi should see this place!
It's preserved a lot our past for our future and has some exceptional displays.

Thank Zane C
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Reviewed June 23, 2013

Andy Warhol exhibition was great especially the silver cloud room.. Interactive earthquake exhibit was good also. Loved the art cake at cafe.

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Reviewed June 22, 2013

Well organised, very informative, well laid out with an interesting array of exhibits. Staff very helpful.

Thank LloydNZ
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Reviewed June 22, 2013

My partner and I spent four hours here in February 2013 on our first day on North Island. We walked to it from the harbour (didn't take long and we stopped for lunch in one of the restaurants we passed) and were pleased to see that entry to this museum was free. The first exhibits we looked at were the natural history ones: they were fab. Really busy, colourful, interesting exhibits that drew you in. Arranging all the New Zealand wildlife in 'scenes' - mountain, coastal, marine etc, was fun and great for kids. Informative and eye-catching, with sharks and dolphin models (good ones) hung from the ceiling to look like they were hanging in the water. There were skeletons, an embalmed giant squid, insects, shells, the lot. Excellent. I wish I'd spent a bit more time in this section, actually. The cultural section was completely different and FAR more aimed at an adult audience. Lots of reading, less in the way of 'things/objects' to look at in proportion to the space allocated, although there were big exhibits like boats and dwellings. I could imagine kids getting a tad bored in this bit as it's a lot less interactive, although it was extremely interesting if you were prepared to stand and read about the Waitangi treaty, migration patterns in and out of New Zealand, Maori culture, Pacific culture etc. It was huge, factual and very minimalist compared to the explosion of colour in the first area we looked at. It was the kind of display that made you feel like being quiet and reflecting on the past. I thought it was very tastefully done, and interesting in terms of migrations of people away from troubled countries, politically correct (but not in a preachy way), but needed time to engage with it. There was a display of uniforms, a plane hung from the ceiling, lots of other things we didn't have time to see. There was a lovely café that we sat in and ate cake before meandering off to explore more. Definitely worth visiting. I have to say I think you'd have a different experience with and without children to keep interested.

Thank Jo M
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Reviewed June 20, 2013

Let start by saying that the museum is free. It targets New Zealand culture and they have special events. They have a floor dedicated to what New Zealand was and is now. Lots of history. It amazed me how they portrait how people have accepted alternative lifestyles and show how they protested and what was accomplished

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