Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington

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The whole family can get a dynamic and in-depth overview of New Zealand at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, one of the nation's main cultural institutions. The museum's native name loosely translates as the "Place of Treasures," an apt description for a building featuring six floors of collections that include everything from Maori artifacts and medieval clothing to animal fossils and local arts. With high-tech galleries designed to engage and educate visitors of all ages, the exhibits narrate the history and development of the Pacific Islands. Be sure to walk through the national art collection, and for a hands-on family-oriented experience, head to one of the themed discovery centers. The easiest way to explore the vast galleries is by guided tour--these leave from the second-level info desk several times a day. Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Wellington using our trip planner.
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  • The Surrealists! Go! Book now! Go! We were a mixed group of Dali enthusiasts, ho hummers and no knowers and we all were extremely impressed. Museum staff are absolutely amazing. My thanks to...  more »
  • Best place to go on a rainy day in Wellington. Our visit this time, specially to se the Surrealist exhibition. Wow! Extradinarily well done. New for me was the transition of Dadaism into...  more »
  • Fabulous museum with a great mix of educational attractions. Anzac displays particularly memorable with super sized wax models of various war heroes. Portrait gallery also impressive but suggest a short bio on each painting as done in Canberra.
  • This is a wonderful place, full of splendor and joy. What a gift to this city and all who come visit her. We will certainly be back and bring friends, family and whoever else we can convince to join us to this wonderful treasure. So much to see and do, you could spend several days here and not see it all.

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