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Visual arts in Wellington

With a gallery around almost every corner and an ever-changing programme of exhibitions, fans of visual art will find plenty of opportunities to discover the thought-provoking, the contemporary, and the inspirational, in New Zealand's culture capital.

City Gallery

City Gallery hosts a regularly rotating array of exhibitions from local and international contemporary artists. Until 19 November 2017, the gallery is hosting Occulture: The Dark Arts, an exhibition exploring the intersection between art and the occult.

Must-see WWI exhibitions

Make your pilgrimage to Wellington's incredible WWI exhibitions and pay tribute to the past. The Great War Exhibition, created by Sir Peter Jackson, and Gallipoli: The scale of our war, created by Sir Richard Taylor, Weta Workshop and Te Papa, are not to be missed. 

Galleries galore

With over 50 galleries to choose from, there's something to suit every artist and admirer. Not sure where to start? Here are a few of our favourites: Kura Gallery, AVID Gallery, New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, Page Blackie Gallery, ROAR! Gallery, and New Zealand Portrait Gallery

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Our national museum Te Papa is host to a variety of thought-provoking, informative and interactive exhibitions. With six levels to choose from, you'll be dazzled by the museum's exciting array of exhibitions and artefacts. Best of all, entry to the museum is free and there's plenty of guided tours available to enhance your experience.

PATAKA Art + Museum

A short drive or train trip from the city, PATAKA Art + Museum in Porirua showcases the best in contemporary Maori and Polynesian art from around New Zealand and the world. With five main galleries and over 14 major exhibitions each year, PATAKA makes for a rewarding day trip for art lovers.

The Dowse Art Museum

Also a short drive from the city, The Dowse Art Museum is sure to intrigue with its striking contemporary exhibitions. From exhibitions to workshops, artist talks, conferences, installation, education... they do it all.

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