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!

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.

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

Mau tūmārō: Sharing Stories of Perseverance

Te Papa, 55 Cable St, Wellington

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Join us this Matariki to hear stories, chants, songs, and reflections about activism and resistance in Aotearoa and the Pacific. Honoa mai ki tēnei Matariki ki te whakarongo ki ngā pūrākau, ki ngā oriori, ki ngā waiata, ki ngā whakaaro mō te mautohe, mō te tohenga i Aotearoa me te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa. See our website for the speaker lineup and programme.

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Tamatea: Legacies of Encounter

Te Papa, 55 Cable Street, Wellington

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This exhibition presents a new acquisition, a painting by William Hodges, in conversation with Ngāi Tahu whānui and artworks by Mark Adams and Colin McCahon.

Together, they speak to the legacies – artistic, cultural, and scientific – generated by the first meeting of James Cook and southern Māori.

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Tamatea

MAU: House of Night and Day

Te Papa, 55 Cable Street, Wellington

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MAU: House of Night and Day is a major installation by renowned director, choreographer, and multidisciplinary artist Lemi Ponifasio.

As founding director of MAU, the international theatre and creative forum, Lemi Ponifasio creates large scale productions and installations which have pioneered a radical approach to art crossing boundaries of ceremony, philosophy, culture, activism, and performance.

In this new installation, Ponifasio transforms Toi Art into an immersive live stage that acknowledges over 30 years of MAU projects.

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Tatau: Sāmoan Tattooing and Photography

Te Papa, 55 Cable Street, 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, 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.

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Tatau Samoan Tattooing and Photography Te Papa

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