Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington (must see)

The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa is a national museum and one of the most visited museums in the world. It was established in 1992 and reopened in 1998 after the National Museum of New Zealand and the National Art Gallery merged. The building was constructed from a design by Jasmax Architects.

The museum was formerly known as the Dominion Museum and National Art Gallery. However, the first museum was the Colonial Museum, founded by James Hector in 1865. It included scientific collections, prints, paintings, curiosities and antiques. When the new building was created to house the Dominion Museum, a stronger focus was placed on Fine Arts.

Te Papa, as it is commonly known, sees about 1.5 million unique visitors every year. The aim of Te Papa is to explore and displays New Zealand's cultural and historic identity. Te Papa Tongarewa means "container of treasured things and people that spring from mother Earth here in New Zealand."

The museum has six floors of exhibits. It also incorporates the landscape with native bushes and artificial caves. Cafes and gift shops are also onsite. Exhibits include the History Collection and the Elgar Collection along with cultural objects, interactive exhibitions and items that focus on Maori culture and New Zealand's history.

The History Collection shows textiles, stamps, fossils and archaeozoology. Included is the world's largest specimen of the colossal squid, which is over 1,000 pounds and 14 feet long. The Elgar Collection displays English and French furniture and paintings.

Te Papa is open daily from 10 AM to 6 PM. Admission to all permanent exhibits is free.
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Sight Name: Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Sight Location: Wellington, New Zealand (See walking tours in Wellington)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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