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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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We visited here twice during our stay in Wellington. The museum has free entry and is open until 6pm which means you can happily come in and out as you please as there is a lot to... read more

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Birchgrove, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Strange place. It what wasn't there that makes this interesting. Top floor "art exhibit" limited to literally 3 items of pottery. Couldn't seem to find any exhibits on Captain James Cook, or Abel Tasman, or Van Diemen, or historic maps of what was understood to be NZ. Or the French or Dirk Hartog. No shrine to sporting prowess, whether rugby,... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We visited here twice during our stay in Wellington. The museum has free entry and is open until 6pm which means you can happily come in and out as you please as there is a lot to see. I was very impressed with the Museum generally and especially enjoyed the Gallipoli exhibition and the Maori cultural exhib on the 4th... More 

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With our tour group, we only had about 2 hours here which was barely enough to do an overview tour and briskly see the Gallipoli War exhibit. Some exhibits alone could easily have taken us an hour to fully read and absorb information. We especially liked the Maori cultural exhibits. The Gallipoli exhibit is quite intense and may warrant caution... More 

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Cornwall, Vermont
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Both exhibitions very well done. Both very pertinent to New Zealand residents. First Gallipoli. The loss of life on both sides is a testament to the folly of war. The exhibit takes you through the day to day life of the NZ troops over 7 months of ultimately fruitless campaigning in ww 1 in turkey. The geology exhibit devoted the... More 

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Te Papa is not a museum I warmed too. Except for the small selection of contemporary art on the top floor, I found most of the exhibits unappealing and a bit dated in presentation. I think part of the problem is the building which has all the charm of a shopping centre and is very confusing to navigate.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a must for everyone who visits Wellington. Your only problem will be that you will end up speding a lot more time than you had originally planned. Great, interactive exhibits, a lot can be learned about the natural and social history of New Zealand.

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Lots to see and do here, take a couple of hours just to really take it all in and appreciate it. Could get a little confusing at times, it seemed like some of the exhibits were just randomly next to each other without a purpose but all of it was very interesting, learnt a lot about New Zealand here

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great for a rainy day, lots of activities to do for children and adults a like. Good to learn about our history and natural disasters

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OK, it's free. You can come and go at your pleasure. And a pleasure it is. It is HUGE and FULL of excellent, beautiful and educational displays. Parts of it, of course, are downright religious with regard to Maori culture. No photos there. Might need to take off your shoes so wear slides. Guides are great. Take A tour. If... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Amazing..great for kids and adults. Great because we did it over 2 visits over 3 days so less walking for kids.

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