Exhibitions at Te Papa

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa has an exciting calendar of short-term exhibitions. Find out more about what's on!

Tatau: Sāmoan Tattooing and Photography

55 Cable St, Waterfront, Wellington

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Tatau: Sāmoan Tattooing and Photography presents the work of four photographers who have documented Sāmoan tattooing over the past 40 years in New Zealand, Sāmoa, the United States, and Europe. From intimate domestic scenes in suburban garages to street photography, and in relation to themes of religious iconography and female sexuality, the exhibition presents diverse perspectives on tatau.

In addition to over 50 photographs, the exhibition includes a small selection of indigenous Sāmoan tattooing tools, and you’ll also hear about tatau’s significance from those who wear these sacred markings.


Tatau Samoan Tattooing and Photography Te Papa
Gallipoli Te Papa
Gallipoli - scale of our war exhibition
Gallipoli Te Papa soldier close up

Gallipoli: The Scale of Our War

55 Cable Street, Waterfront, Wellington

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Discover the tragedies and triumphs of the Gallipoli campaign, as told through the eyes and words of the ordinary New Zealanders who were there.

The worlds of film-making and museum story-telling come together to take visitors on an immersive journey back to Gallipoli.

Discover the stories of eight New Zealanders who served at Gallipoli, as told through larger-than-life models. Follow the battlefield action on 3-D maps and projections. View photos taken by soldiers on the front line. See the weapons used in combat. 

Entry into the exhibition is free of charge. 


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