The Shire Waytes are an eight-piece band who play medieval and Renaissance instruments – string, wind, reed, and percussion – in various combinations. They bring diversity to both period and Tolkien-inspired music and song.
Today, a panel of judges from Weta Workshop, HarperCollins, and Te Papa choose the winning art works in the Schools Hobbit Art Competition.
Get into the spirit and celebrate Wellington's Middle Earth connection.
Don’t miss this fascinating lecture on Homo floresiensis – a human species discovered on the Indonesian Island of Flores in 2003. This new species stood just over 1 metre tall and had large feet.
During December and January, Te Papa will be accepting donations of food for Wellington’s Soup Kitchen.
Hear the children in Munting Tinig (Small Voices) sing traditional Filipino songs and old-time favourites, in English and Filipino.
Many of the portraits in Angels & Aristocrats depict garments beautifully adorned with lace. Join Wellington’s Faultline Lacemakers for a demonstration of this ancient and intricate craft.
If Christmas is a struggle, come to the Freecycle Market for clothes, furniture, bric-a-brac, and legal or medical advice – all free. Show your Community Services Card for a free haircut.
Go on a family-friendly tour of the children’s portraits in Angels & Aristocrats, then make your own lacy accessory with textile designer Lucy Moore.
Join artist Rob McLeod for an Angels & Aristocrats floortalk in which he attempts to define the elusive qualities that make a painting successful.
To celebrate the International Day of Disabled People, meet renowned Chinese artist Qin Bailan and marvel at her elegant paintings. All works are for sale.
Watch Te Papa chef Bernd Lippmann and his helpers construct the biggest gingerbread house ever baked in Wellington.
Join curator Puawai Cairns for a floortalk about the Māori content in the Uniformity exhibition, including newly acquired items from Sir Jerry Mateparae, Brian Tamaki, and Tame Iti.
Artists Karlo Mila, Teresia Teaiwa, and James Nokise share their responses to the Tangata o le Moana exhibition. This event honours the 50th anniversary of the Pacific History Association.
Curator Michael Fitzgerald tells the story of the exquisite furniture on display in Angels & Aristocrats.
Learn more about St John Ambulance and the services they offer to your community.
This performance features children from poorer neighbourhoods in the Hutt Valley and Auckland who’ve had the chance to learn the violin and cello. Hear these talented musicians in action.
Connect our land with East Asia by making an awesome mask.
Discover the role of emotions in how the brain works and learn some strategies to reduce emotional stress in this seminar with The Brain Clinic’s Pascal Saker.
Dancer and choreographer Saes Byeol Cha and musicians Rob Thorne and Lorenzo Bühne interweave sounds and movements from South Korea, Italy, and Aotearoa New Zealand.
Octogenarian jazz pianist Bill Wollerman plays your favourite Christmas tunes at Te Papa. Come along, drink some tea, nibble some cake, and enjoy!
Join Angels & Aristocrats curator, Mary Kisler, for an illustrated lecture on food in art, a delectable afternoon tea, and an exclusive viewing of the exhibition.
The Miti family took another swag of awards at the 2012 Gold Guitars in Gore. Find out why at Te Papa!
Curator Mary Kisler goes behind the sumptuous scenes of laden banquet tables to reveal the symbolism of food in Angels & Aristocrats.
Te Papa’s blockbuster video-game exhibition opens with an action-packed programme of dance contests, caricatures, and free face-painting. Meet artists and programmers, and some favourite video-game characters.
Celebrate the opening of the Game Masters exhibition with us!
You saw it in James Bond. Now, parkour is at Te Papa! Practitioners aim to move from one place to another, negotiating obstacles with great speed and agility – but no equipment.
Istanbul-based harpist Natalia Mann presents a musical response to Angels & Aristocrats – a selection of known and original compositions.
Experience the excitement of Te Papa’s premier summer exhibition with an evening of tempting food and drink specials, and irresistible activities. This exclusive experience is limited to 80 guests and is restricted to adults aged 18 or older.
Get into the spirit of the Northern Hemisphere December holiday season.
Let Mark O’Brien, cartoon and caricature artist, draw you – and create a unique Christmas gift.
Celebrate the festive season with this angelic craft activity.
Come and visit us this Christmas.
Boxing Day is a great time to visit, also.
Extend the joy of the season by sporting a lovely red bloom.
Make something new for the New Year! We suggest a hat.
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