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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
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Reviewed January 20, 2020

It was a cold and rainy day that drew us from the quayside into the museum, and we wish we had arrived earlier. We were able to take in the Nature and Gallipoli exhibits (Level 3) and the world of Maori and Treaty of Waitangi exhibits (Level 4) in the four hours we were there before the museum closed. With schools closed for Christmas, it was busy on the lower levels but quieter as the afternoon went on. Nike Savvas' Finale: Bouquet exhibit was a delight, as were the series of 4 short videos that had once toured schools in the Treaty room. This is a great musuem, well laid out and fascinating. The Gallipoli Exhibit in particular with its animated battle maps and Weta Workshop-made set pieces were impressive. Definitely a must for tourists wishing to learn more about New Zealand.

Date of experience: December 2019
Thank Susan R
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Reviewed January 20, 2020 via mobile

Layout of the museum confusing but the content is fabulous. Well worth visiting. Allow 3hours minimum

Date of experience: January 2020
Thank Leomeister
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Reviewed January 19, 2020 via mobile

Enjoyed our trip to the museum, especially the Anzac display; the displays and the figures are very unique

Date of experience: January 2020
Thank Noel B
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Reviewed January 19, 2020 via mobile

Te Papa Museum should be on your itinerary if you are showing international guests around the beautiful Wellington waterfront. For that matter it's a must see for locals as well. The exhibitions change so it's the type of place to go back to from time to time.
The location suits the building and it's purpose. This is a modern museum that reaches across cultural NZ. The exhibits are showcased in spacious areas thanks to the architecture of the building.

I found 2 hours were enough at a time. This was long enough to target a few things of interest at a time knowing you can go back to see other exhibits.
For the International visitor it gives context and deepens your experience and understanding of New Zealand and it's people.

Brochures about the Museum layout and exhibitions are available in many languages.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Simabaolau
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Reviewed January 19, 2020 via mobile

This is a must-see for anyone visiting Wellington even if you’re not really a museum person.

Everything is designed to ensure your attention so as a result you can interact with everything and for small and big kids Aldine this is ana maxing experience.

Set over 4 floors there are many exhibitions on and it’s hard to see them all so pick one or two and give them your attention. We got there late so saw two before it closed and could have stayed there all night!

The Nature exhibition about all things New Zealand was fantastic with volcanoes, wildlife, earthquakes, tsunamis all catching your attention. Go into the house to see how an earthquake feels and see what effects the tsunamis have when you push the water over the houses - fantastic

We then went into the Gallipoli exhibit about NZ soldiers in WW1 who were asked to fight the Turks and the hell that followed. Amazing 4 times the real life sizes people displayed with amazing attention to detail. This was scary, informative and showed the true hell of war.

Get yourself here and see this free exhibit and don’t be afraid to donate for the wonderful experience you’ve just had!

Date of experience: January 2020
Thank Karl L
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