What's on at Te Papa

No matter if it's your first visit or your 100th, there's always something new to discover at Te Papa

Toi Art

55 Cable Street, Te Aro, Wellington

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Enter a world of art, featuring new, exciting commissions alongside the national art collection. Toi Art is Te Papa's art gallery, spanning two floors and housing a line-up of long-term and short-term exhibitions. 

One of these long-term shows is Tūrangawaewae: Art and New Zealand,  a dynamic exhibition across five galleries bringing together artworks from the national collection that explores identity and cross-cultural exchange. Spanning historical portraits of Māori leaders and prosperous colonial settlers, through to paintings by prominent New Zealand artist Colin McCahon and contemporary sculpture by Janet Lilo of a giant, three-dimensional social media profile page.

 

 

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Te Papa toi art family looking at exhibit
Toi Art at Te Papa Portrait wall in Turangawaewae Art and New Zealand 2018. Photograph by Jo Moore. Te Papa. 1
Janet Lilo Top16 2007 18 detail. Photograph by Maarten Holl Te Papa resized for web

Gallipoli: The scale of our war

Te Papa, 55 Cable Street, 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 as told through larger-than-lief models of eight New Zealanders who served at Gallipoli. Follow the battlefield action on 3-D maps and projections, view photos taken by soldiers on the front line and see the weapons used in combat. 

Entry into the exhibition is free of charge. 

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Gallipoli Te Papa soldier close up
Gallipoli - scale of our war exhibition
Gallipoli Te Papa

Te Taiao Nature

55 Cable Street, Te Aro, Wellington

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Te Papa’s nature zone, Te Taiao Nature (pronounced 'teh tie-oh'), features interactive experiences and over 1,200 collection items from Te Papa’s collections, ranging from the large (moa egg) to the small (rifleman’s egg), the old (giant ammonite specimen) to the newly taxidermied birds, including an impressive mating pair of albatross. 

In true Te Papa style, Te Taiao Nature features dozens of brand-new interactive experiences, from creating your own tsunami to weighing in against a giant moa but the exhibition also offers the chance for some quiet contemplation on nature and the world we live in. Chill out in one of the exhibition’s break-out zones and relax on the comfy chairs and gaze out at the views over Bush City, Te Papa’s lush, living, outdoor exhibition.

 

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Te Taiao Nature exhibition interactive moa skeleton Te Papa
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Te Taiao Nature exhibition at Te Papa, two visitors and a Te Papa guide standing with their hands pressed to an interactive underwater display exhibit

Wana Ake Festival

Te Papa, 55 Cable St, Wellington

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Create! Look! Explore! Celebrate summer at Te Papa with a dynamic Wana Ake festival of events, activities, exhibitions, and fun.

Each week is different. Get up close with art, the world’s first Māori VR film, objects from TVNZ’s National Treasures, clay makers, Māori and Pasifika art, skate culture, a garden in the sky, and more!

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Wana ake

New Zealands Games Festival: Play by Play 2021

Te Papa, 55 Cable Street, Wellington

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NZ Games Festival is set to return to Wellington City with a week-long lineup of events for gamers of all ages.

Beginning as Play by Play in 2016, NZ Games Festival was born to create a way for members of the public to interact with the growing game development industry in Wellington. Today the festival continues its mission to celebrate the great achievements of the industry in wider Aotearoa, make game development visible and accessible to members of the public in all age groups, and foster an inclusive, diverse community.

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Modern Living: Design in 1950s New Zealand | Te Noho Hou: Te hoahoa i Aotearoa i ngā tau 1950

55 Cable Street, Te Aro, Wellington

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In 1952, an exhibition was held in Auckland that introduced Kiwis to a vision for a more equal, happier way of life that grew from the devastation of World War II. The exhibition aimed to show the public that modern art and design were available, affordable, and often made in New Zealand. 

Modern Living offers a lens into this ground-breaking exhibition and an exciting era of new design in Aotearoa. It includes local and international furniture, pottery, textiles, photographs lighting, art and architectural drawings. Works such as Frances Hodgkins’ 1938 print Arrangement of jugs, Frank Hofmann’s photograph of the 1952 Art and Design exhibition, and John Crichton’s Safari chair will be on display. 

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Modern Living Te Papa Eames Chair

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