Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (Te Papa)

Te Papa is New Zealand's innovative and interactive national museum. Explore the great treasures and stories of this country – its unique natural environment, Maori culture, art heritage, and fascinating history.


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‘Te Papa Tongarewa’ literally means ‘container of treasures’. Discover the treasures and stories of New Zealand’s land and people under one roof.

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Enjoy six floors of engaging, interactive displays. Encounter Māori and Pacific cultural treasures, New Zealand’s extraordinary natural life, its most important works of art, and its unique history. Come face to face with a colossal squid, then explore its life through 3D animation.

With a combination of the latest technology and classic story-telling, Te Papa educates, entertains, and inspires.


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Physical address

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (Te Papa), 55 Cable Street, Wellington Central, Wellington, 6011, New Zealand.

Opening times

Business hours:
Open every day 10am-6pm (Except Christmas Day). Free entry. Charges apply for guided tours, special exhibtions and some activities.
Months of operation:
All months of the year

Facilities and Features

Proximity to airport:
15 minutes
Proximity to town:
Located in the city centre

Pricing and Conditions

Adult $20.00
(15 year(s) and under)
Other charges:
Free general admission. Charges apply for guided tours, special exhibitions and some activities.

Language support

  Written Spoken
Chinese (Simplified) YES YES
Dutch YES NO
French YES YES
German YES YES
Spanish YES YES
Italian YES YES
Japanese YES YES
Arabic NO YES
Hindi NO YES

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