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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, New Zealand

Te Papa Tongarewa is the national museum of New Zealand. The Maori name literally translates as 'container of treasures'; and this is certainly an apt name for a museum which is vibrant, imaginative and playful, yet scholarly, interactive and educational.

Te Papa's humble origins started with the Colonial Museum, which opened in a small wooden building in 1865. Its modern position dominates Wellington's harbour front and is a key highlight for any visitor to the city, regardless of age. Entry is free, so even if you only have an hour or two to spare, you can explore areas of New Zealand's history, culture and natural environment via the interactive exhibits. For those who have more time, it’s not unusual to spend a whole afternoon or even a full day here learning about the Maori and settler history and New Zealand's political, environmental and economical position in history, right up to the present day.

Te Papa is a forum for the nation to present, explore and preserve the heritage of its cultures and knowledge of the natural environment in order to better understand and treasure the past, enrich the present and meet the challenges of the future.

With an ever-changing programme of events and exhibits, no two visits to Te Papa are the same.

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