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Visiting Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Wellington

4.5 (100%) 107 votes

New Zealand's national museum located in Wellington which holds a variety of art collection and exhibition.

Treasure in Restoration, Te Papa Tongarewa Museum

Treasure in Restoration, Te Papa Tongarewa Museum

Māori Tattoos

Māori Tattoos

The most distinctive feature in Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa is none other than learning all about Tā moko, the tattoos of Māori based on the use of broad toothed combs of varying widths called uhi. Later the combs are dipped in the dark pigment and struck into the skin with small mallets known as tā, which then applied to the face as the form of scarification, similar to the wood carving and characterized by the deep grooved furrows stained with dark pigment. The Eastern Polynesia method is brought by the Māori and developed in the isolation of Aotearoa New Zealand which later established the use of smaller and narrower uhi without teeth that cut grooves through the skin. The visitors are able to understand every meaning of Māori tattoos as well as the social status, role, and expressions of identity which are represented through the drawing.

Pacific Cultures Collection

Pacific Cultures Collection

Resulted by the influence of New Zealand's history as a Pacific nation, Collection of Pacific Cultures at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa is aimed to be the storage of ethnographic specimens which affected the scientific study of people and culture in the country. The visitors are able to see lots of item housed in this area, such as the item acquired by the Colonial Museum in the 19th century, the sculpture of Sir Arthur Gordon and the Marquees of Normanby which are given by British administrators in the Pacific, and the splendid cloak of the Rarotongan chief Te Aia in 1872.

International Painting Collection

International Painting Collection

Mostly hold the British art collection which is purchased by the National Art Gallery up until 1972, the Collection of International Painting include a variety kind of artwork, such as Edwardian painting, Camden Town painting, and Frank Brangwyn and Stanley Spencer's works which summed up as the small selection of early modern British works. We believe that the art seekers will be pleased not only to see the British collection but also the other works in the area that includes the art piece of Russian artist Natalia Gontcharova as well as John Singleton Copley's Mrs. Humphrey Devereux, John Webber's Portrait of Captain Cook, and Anne Estelle Rice's Portrait of Katherine Mansfield.

Natural Environment

Natural Environment

In the section of Natural Environment, the visitors are able to get closer to the most comprehensive fauna and flora collection in New Zealand. Continually added as the new species found in the land of New Zealand, Natural Environment has become the important storage to support the analysis studies of these beings' genetic DNA, as well as to identify and provide the related information to the ecologists, biologists, bio-geographers, industries, and general public. By learning about flora and fauna in detail, we are able to understand its effect toward the environment and human which leads to the commercial potential that could benefit the economy.

The Archives

The Archives

Located in a separate building at Tory Street, The Archives is aimed for researchers on appointment. The visitors can find two categories of The Archives, namely the Museum Archive which goes back to the founding of the Colonial Museum in 1965 and comprise James Hector's archives, and the Collected Archives which include art-related records and a wide collection of archival material, such as Felton Mathew's diary, archive of Surveyor General at the time of the Waitangi Treaty's signing, and battle plans and correspondences related to the first World War. The Archives will make you throwback to the past as you observe at the records that have been preserved for the future generation.

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Wellington Tips and Tricks

How to Get Tickets?

The entrance ticket to Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa is free. However, there is fee charged for several exhibitions inside the museum.

How To Get Around?

All visitors can roam around the museum by walking, as well as the people who have mobility impairments and people who need to hire wheelchair or mobility scooter. The service of these facilities is free but you have to book ahead by phoning the museum's staff on weekdays from 8 am to 5 pm on +64 (0)4 381 7000 or enquire at Coat and Bag Check-In by the museum's main entrance.

What Should I Wear?

The visitors of Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa are advised to wear appropriate and modest outfits, be it the shirt, pants, blouse, or dress. Don't forget to wear comfortable shoes or sandals to roam around in freedom. Coats, bags, and other small items such as hats, umbrellas, and skateboards are welcomed to put on the storage service without charged fee.

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Wellington Facts

Best Time to Visit

You can visit Museum of New Zealand Te Papa every day from 10 am to 6 pm except on Christmas day as it is closed.


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Will I Need a Guide?

You don't necessarily need a guide to roam around the museum, however, there are tourist guides who are available to help and show you around the museum with certain fee.

How To Get There?

You can reach Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa by several modes of transportation, such as Wellington buses which stops include the airport and railway station, Metlink bus, private tour buses, shuttle buses, bike and kick scooter which you can park at the museum's rack behind Quake Braker, and axi. Alternatively, you can walk from Wellington Railway Station for 20 minutes and from the cruise ship terminal for 45 minutes or driving your own car by taking the Aotea Quay exit along the SH1 motorway which lead directly into Cable Street and Te Papa's convenient car park when you continue along Waterloo, Customhouse, and Jervois Quays.

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