Wonderland at Te Papa

This summer, Te Papa presents Wonderland - an interactive exhibition that will surprise and delight the whole family

Te Papa Wonderland Tea party

When

7 Dec 2019 – 8 Mar 2020

Location

Te Papa

55 Cable Street

Venture down the rabbit hole, lose yourself in the Hallway of Doors, take part in a digital Mad Hatter’s Tea Party and play at the Queen’s Croquet ground this summer at Te Papa’s immersive exhibition Wonderland.

The exhibition celebrates the rich screen history of English author Lewis Carroll’s timeless stories, which have been the subject of more than 40 films and over 30 television programs. The exhibition is an interactive experience which also charts the evolution of special effects from pre-cinema and silent films, to animation, puppetry, live action and CGI.

Te Papa Wonderland Couple at Wonderland
Te Papa Wonderland Children looking through door
Te Papa Wonderland
Te Papa Wonderland Coupel at tea party

The exhibition begins in Lewis Carroll’s drawing room, where visitors are handed their own Lost Map of Wonderland; a physical and digital device unlocking surprising experiences during their exhibition journey and beyond.

Experiences include Down the Rabbit Hole which transports visitors from the real world, into Wonderland. The Hallway of Doors introduces Lewis Carroll, Alice Liddell and the key Wonderland characters, objects and places. Pre- cinematic optical toys and early theatrical versions feature in the Pool of Tears, and Looking Glass House shows a collection of live action objects and effects.

Visitors to the Te Papa exhibition are invited to take a seat at the digital and interactive experience Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, and can use their Lost Map of Wonderland to create a character of themselves and scan it into a large scale projection in the Queens Croquet Ground. A multiple screen audio visual room showcases Alice from different times, cultures and media.

The exhibition features more than 300 unique objects including spectacular costumes, puppets, magic lantern projectors, props, concept drawings, first edition publications and illustrations, and animation cels.

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