You could spend a whole day exploring all six floors of Te Papa and still not have time to see it all!
Opened in 1998, and with over 1.3 million visitors passing through the doors each year, the museum is the New Zealand’s National Museum and a must see while visiting Wellington.
Situated right in the centre of town on the waterfront, it’s the perfect opportunity to explore the nation’s art, culture and science through storytelling, wonderfully interactive displays and hands on fun exhibitions.
A range of permanent exhibitions, which cover the geology and natural history of New Zealand and explore Mauri culture in depth sit alongside a fantastic programme of top rating international exhibitions that are changing regularly.
The one hour ‘Introducing Te Papa’ tour is a great idea to start your visit off and will help you decide how to plan your time there, and when you’re ready for a break from all that culture, head to the cafes or on site shops for a coffee or some retail therapy.
What our travellers enjoyed about Te papa…
- Visiting the Earthquake house that recreates what it felt like to be in the Edgecumbe earthquake in 1987
- Coming face to face with a colossal squid and learning about its life through a 3D animation
- It’s a fantastic museum, brilliantly designed and laid out, with excellent exhibitions and fabulous interactive feature, and best of all general admission is free!