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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 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:00
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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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Excellent museum!

Great museum with a lot of different exhibitions. You can spend all day here! We visited the WWI exhibition, which was amazing!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

Great museum with a lot of different exhibitions. You can spend all day here! We visited the WWI exhibition, which was amazing!

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Sucina, Spain
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We spend nearly three hours here and lost track of the time. The standout exhibition at the time we visied was the Gallipoli historical exhibit. Not sure if its permanent or not but this is an outstanding approach to the story told from the point of view of several personal stories. Well worth a visit and allow enough time.

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A wonderful, modern and free (!!) museum with some amazing exhibitions. Don't miss seeing the very emotional Galipoli exhibition and reading all the information on earthquakes in their earthquake exhibition. Would definitely go back again! A great museum.

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So much to see here, right on the waterfront, too, ever-changing displays and promotions. You can spend a day or two here exploring all floors. Jaw-dropping stuff with plenty of room to travel around in a quiet manner. Just blows me away every time I visit, and each time is different. Very highly recommended, an icon, a must when visiting... More 

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Ta Papa is a must when visiting Wellington. It host so many different arts for all people from whatever country they are visiting from. It gives a great insight to NZ culture and can only enhance ones knowledge. The display by Peter Jackson on Galipoli is a must to be seen. Absolutely outstanding. All this for a free admission. Donations... More 

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You could spend all day here and probably still want to come back for more, so much to see and do. Loved the simulated earthquake room, the free wifi and the exhibits.

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Thank Minigirl24
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Finally got a weekend free of work so we headed into the The Papa Museum to see the Bug World. What a fantastic show and the models are so intricately prepared. Would recommend to all to visit and if you have time ( and the queue is not toooo long the Gallipoli Exhibition is well worth the visit also

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a vary unique museum in that it combines what other cities might have multiple museums to hold. They have a very good art museum on the top floor and then natural history and science museums on other floors. There is lots to see and experience. I found the volcano exhibits particularly interesting. We were there on a vary... More 

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Thank Monaiv
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After deliberating with my friends about what to do on this Saturday morning we decided to go to Te Papa. Awesome museum and has something for everyone. One friend zipped off to the bug exhibit while the 2 of us remaining wandered through the social history exhibit + very friendly help when needed directions! 8/10 rating on the ACM scale!

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This museum is absolutely incredible. If you only have time to visit one museum in New Zealand, Te Papa is the museum to explore. There are a wide array of exhibits and special displays. We spent a couple of hours viewing the informative Maori exhibit and gained a whole new appreciation for Maori arts and culture. Even if you don't... More 

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