Te Papa is New Zealand's bold and innovative national museum and a recognised world leader in interactive and visitor-focused museum experiences.
Entry is free, though charges apply to some short-term exhibitions and activities. New Zealand's geology and natural environment and the stories of New Zealand's indigenous people, the Māori, are celebrated in Te Papa's permanent exhibitions, while Te Papa's Marae is a vibrant contemporary meeting house and a living communal centre, unique in a museum.
An exciting range of exhibitions display New Zealand's diverse art and visual culture and top-rating international exhibitions tour regularly. Te Papa's event programme features free events and entertainment, performances, floortalks, lectures, and more.
Fun and informative daily guided tours are perfect for first time visitors. There are a number of exciting tours on offer - read more about Te Papa tours and book online.
And don't forget the largest ever Colossal Squid to be defrosted and disected, full details on the Te Papa blog.
Monday to Sunday 10am - 6pm
Late night Thursday til 9pm
Te Papa caters for a variety of visitors with special access needs. Before you come to Te Papa, feel free to call the Information Centre, ph (04) 381 7000, and let us know your interests and needs. During your visit Te Papa Hosts are available for assistance and information.
Te Papa provides open and covered parking for cars and campervans. Parking near the main entrance is also available for visitors with disabilities. Cost is $3.50 per hour up to a daily maximum of $28. Access to the building is at ground level through the main entrance.
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