Plan your visit 

Discover how to get to Te Papa and where to park. Read about our highlights for first-time visitors, guided tours, and other services and facilities.
Āta toro mai – Pānuitia tēnei wāhanga i te reo Māori.

Hours and admission costs

Open every day of the year, including all public holidays.
Hours: 10am−6pm, and 10am−9pm on Thursdays.
Free entry, though charges apply to some short-term exhibitions and activities.

Early closing dates over the holiday period

Te Papa will be closing early to the public on the following Thursdays over the holiday period:

  • 18th December 2014 – 5.30pm closing
  • Christmas Day 25th December 2014 – 6pm closing
  • New Year’s Day 1st January 2015 – 6pm closing

Te Papa Store – 9am–6pm, and 9am–9pm on Thursdays
Te Papa Kids' Store – 10am–6pm
Te Papa Cafe – 9am–5pm
Level 4 Espresso – 10am–5.30pm, and 10am–8.30pm on Thursdays
Te Aka Matua Library – by appointment only, 10am–5pm Monday to Friday, closed public holidays

Park at Te Papa on weekdays and save