Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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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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  • Christine J
    Wayzata, Minnesota19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Make a special effort
    Best museum I’ve visited including many in Europe and the US. Beautiful building, great exhibits and a wide range of New Zealand topics. You can do a quick run thru in 3 hours but there is much to see if you have more time. Fabulous gift shop.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 2 March 2023
  • Patricia S
    Farnham, United Kingdom66 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome
    Discovered the Gallipoli exhibition here and I cannot praise it enough. What a wonderful and sensitive exhibition, so powerful and very moving. Visiting other areas was interesting but not so powerful, the earthquake house was fun but informative at the same time. Lots to see, we only did a small part of it but if you are visiting the area, the Gallipoli exhibition is a must in my book.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 3 March 2023
  • Max G
    Los Angeles, California1,054 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good Museum for History of the People of New Zealand
    We spend a few hours at the Te Papa museum going through their myriad of exhibits. The have a good exhibit about NZ’s involvement with the WWI attack on Gallipoli. Other exhibits included: immigration to NZ and the diverse flora and fauna that call NZ home.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 5 March 2023
  • Beverly S
    Concord, California91 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very impressive museum
    This is a world class museum here in Wellington. The Gallipoli exhibit alone is worth a visit, although very intense and emotional - be warned! Good cafe and gift shop. There is also a large farmers market adjacent on Sunday mornings.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 20 March 2023
  • RodnJude
    Canberra, Australia653 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A visit to Te Papa
    Fantastic museum that is a must see while in Wellington. The Gallipoli exhibition would have to be the best l have seen - so impressive as was the rest of the museums exhibits. Lots of room to move around and couches to rest on.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 March 2023
  • tekohiwi
    Whitianga, New Zealand500 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoyable
    What a great museum this is. So much to see, well laid out with lifts available should you not want to climb the stairs. We spent several hours wandering and enjoying and it’s free. A lovely on site cafe too with a good selection of food and drinks.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 April 2023
  • TerryH
    Hertfordshire, United Kingdom1,069 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Phenomena Gallipoli War Exhibition
    We only had an hour to spare so not enough time to explore the National Museum in its entirety. We decided to spend most of this time in the amazing Gallipoli War exhibition with the 2.4x lifesize models made at the Weta Workshop. Incredibly lifelike and worth spending much longer taking in all the information.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 April 2023
  • millsfoodlover
    Brackley, United Kingdom867 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must for anyone
    We absolutely loved the few hours spent here. The museum was laid out and presented beautifully with sections that both adults and children would love. Lots of interactive parts throughout and easy to walk through. Highly recommended.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 April 2023
  • Wayne P
    Cleveland, Ohio184 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Informative, entertaining and educational museum.
    I enjoyed my visit to this museum. It had a variety of subjects. The history of the country was one, environmental conditions in New Zealand was another and different types of art are on display. It had places to eat and the souvenirs were reasonable priced.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled solo
    Written 11 April 2023
  • JElliot32
    New South Wales, Australia3,811 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Give yourself plenty of time
    Te Papa is a truly magnificent museum, I think one of the best I have ever visited. The only thing that was perhaps a bit disappointing was the small collection within the National Art Collection. Maybe they are building a new gallery for the artworks which would be great. Otherwise, there were some truly outstanding exhibits including the Gallipoli section, which is not to be missed (even for those who recoil at the idea of glorifying war). As might be expected, the sections on the Maori and natural history of NZ (including the 'Earthquake house') were compelling, very well done. We allowed ourselves three hours and that was not enough. If time allows, I think Te Papa warrants at least two visits of a few hours each, including revisits to sections like Gallipoll, where there is a vast amount to take in.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 13 April 2023
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napavalleydiner
Yountville, CA79 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We had a private tour with a Maori guide which was limited to 2 hours. The tour was enjoyable, but there was sooo much to see in this museum, we felt like we barely scratched the surface. At our request , we rushed through the Gallipoli exhibit, which was FABULOUS! The WETA-made large soldiers and nurse, based on real people, were stunningly realistic. I wish we could have spent more time in this exhibit to read their personal stories. There were also many interesting exhibits on sealife and animals of the area, but we barely saw these. This is a museum where I could easily have spent an entire day. Also, the museum cafe is really good. Shout out to the sausage rolls.
Written 25 February 2024
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Bea
Auckland Central, New Zealand30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Te Papa Museum: Wellington's Top Destination! A captivating blend of interactive exhibits, rich history, and cultural treasures, making it a must-visit spot in the heart of Wellington. From engaging displays to friendly staff, it's the go-to place for an enriching experience in the city: Maori history & art, biology, geology, and NZ fauna and flora...
Written 24 February 2024
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barnie72
UK25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Great museum but the Gallipoli exhibition is superb and definitely shouldn’t be missed. It’s one of the best museum exhibitions that we’ve seen anywhere in the world and the Weta Workshop sculptures are just incredible, as are all of the other models & displays.
We found the stories of the eight individuals who took part to be incredibly moving and they gave us a new insight into what they experienced before, during and after the war.
We expected to be in the museum for half an hour but ended up staying for half the day. We highly recommend this museum to everyone.
Written 22 February 2024
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Rita S
Stockport, UK261 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Lovely building and space. We were really looking forward to doing the museum but found that the exhibitions were a bit disappointing and could have been done in such a better and interesting way. The only saving grace was the Gallipoli exhibition which we really sort of weren’t interested in doing but found it to be absolutely amazing. We learnt a lot about the battle, it was really well done and thought provoking and the models done by “Weta” were absolutely amazing, as you turned a corner and came across one, they completely took your breath away., the texture in the skin of the models, the hair on the arms and legs, the swet on a brow. To sit in the room for a while with them was such an emotional experience. PLEASE do not miss this one even though you may think you are not going to be interested, museums are about learning something new! They have 2 cafes, both quite nice for a sit down and of course a nice view on the 6th floor to see. Big improvement needs to be done on the other areas which really were a little boring.
Written 22 February 2024
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BigTrace27
Newcastle, Australia10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We visited the museum this morning and thoroughly enjoyed our time. All of the exhibitions were well thought out and interesting. The Gallipoli exhibition was brilliant!
Written 20 February 2024
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MartyH_10
Blackburn, UK83 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Just spent a very enjoyable couple of hours in the museum - easily spend far longer. Free entry to most of it. Well laid out and sign posted over several floors. Visited the art exhibits, the Maori section and history of early settlers, + Gallipoli & Bush City area. All excellent. Plenty of places to rest and grab a coffee/snack. Highly recommended.
Tip: we arrived at 10 30 ish, which matched with the mid morning rush, including school parties. Therefore, go to the upper floors first and work downwards. Found that helped a bit avoiding the crowds.
Written 20 February 2024
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A J
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Te Papa is a must-do in Wellington. You will learn all about New Zeland, from its volcanic formation, to wildlife, human settlement, Maori culture, colonization, literally everything. We only devoted 4 1/2 hours and could have spent much more time seeing all the exhibits. I loved the bird displays, and seeing the sounds exhibit and which birds are extinct was particularly impactful. You can also see a giant squid in person! We started at the natural history section and spent so much time there, we had to move quickly through the other sections. The exhibits showcasing Maori and Pacific culture were insightful as I was completely uninformed about the history and the people. The Scale of our War exhibit was also fantastic, and seeing the scale models made by Weta Workshop must be seen to be believed. And, the museum is free! I want to go back and spend more time seeing things we may have missed - give yourself plenty of time to visit.
Written 19 February 2024
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265happytraveller
Cobble Hill, Canada26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Fabulous. The entire museum is very well done and you can visit without charge. A must see in Wellington. We were extremely impressed.
Written 19 February 2024
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Endlesstraveler99
Cobble Hill, Canada219 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Wonderful museum and free. Very interesting large nature section. War section was also extremely well done. Large Museum, so you need lots of time. Highly recommended.
Written 19 February 2024
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thefrancefamily
Sedona, AZ18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We travelled from the USA to visit the famed Gallipoli exhibition at Te Papa in Wellington. It was outstanding and highly recommnded
Written 19 February 2024
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