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Discover the treasures and stories of New Zealand at Te Papa, our bold and innovative national museum. 

A recognised world-leader in interactive and visitor focused museum experiences, Te Papa lets you experience the nation's art, culture and science - all in one breathtaking waterfront location. Better still, general admission is free!

New Zealand's geology and natural environment, and the stories of New Zealand's indigenous people, the Maori, are celebrated in Te Papa's permanent exhibitions. 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 also features free events and entertainment, performances, floortalks, lectures, and more.

Te Papa was recently named as one of Lonely Planet's top 500 places to see on the planet

Short-term exhibitions

Te Papa has an exciting calendar of short-term exhibitions. Find out more about what's on below:

Permanent exhibitions

Discover Te Papa's permanent exhibitions.

Te Papa tours

Te Papa offers daily tours for individuals and small groups, plus private tours for larger groups. 

A guided tour with an experienced, knowledgeable guide is a great way to explore Te Papa. As well as being fun, it adds depth to your museum experience, increases understanding and helps orient the first time visitor. 

Te Papa can also deliver private group tours in English, Māori, French, German, Spanish, and Mandarin.

Additional information

Below is additional information to help you plan your visit to Te Papa.

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