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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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This is an absolutely amazing museum. You could spend all day here. Of particular note is the Gallipolli exhibition. It is stunning and so very moving. A visit to this museum... read more

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This is an absolutely amazing museum. You could spend all day here. Of particular note is the Gallipolli exhibition. It is stunning and so very moving. A visit to this museum is a must for anyone travelling to Wellington.

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I had high expectations and I must admit to be a little disappointed. I wanted a bigger over arching story about Maori NZ. More was needed to tell the bigger picture. Lots of small, interesting exhibits but I didn't feel it told the whole story.

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Amazing facility, great venue, great museum. Gallipoli was unbelievable the detail was outstanding. The whole place was wow.

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Been to Te papa about 5/6 times with the kids and every time the kids love it !!! Go on Sunday when the food markets are on and have a great choice of food from around the world

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No charge to get in and also no charge to store coats & bags, so we felt pretty good about this place from the start. Offers a fascinating insight into the real New Zealand. We took the guide tour for $15 per head and that was a great introduction to the varied and fascinating exhibits on display here. Guide was... More 

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This is another must-do visit when you are in Wellington. The museum has various displays on at any time, though the word ''displays" does not do it justice. Particularly impressive on our visit were the sections on Earthquakes, Gallipoli and a colossal squid. Many of the displays are interactive experiences and it's all free - relying on voluntary donations- so... More 

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Tough to find anything to complain about at this outstanding free museum. The exhibits are awesome and good for all ages. Staff is not only friendly but knowledgeable. Even the cafe was good. Free wifi is an excellent bonus. Good place to spend the day with the family and the location on the wharf gives you an added option.

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I have been to museums all the the world and this one rates with them all. The exhibit on indigenous peoples was very well done. Admission is free.lots of video presentations

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Being an Aussie I feel the emotion of the ANZAC spirit but have always taken it from an Australian perspective. What New Zealand have created in their premier museum is a truly remarkable insight into their involvement in WWI. The larger than life sized wax figures present an awe inspiring feel of this from a Kiwi's perspective and I was... More 

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Everyone says you have to go to Te Papa and they are not wrong! Excellent exhibits and mostly free. Great wifi and good coffee in the café as well. Special shout out to the lady working in the gift shop who helped me mail a postcard back to Canada!

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