First-time visitors, don’t miss our exhibition highlights – from the story of Māori in New Zealand to the national art collection.
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The Colossal Squid
See the heaviest colossal squid ever caught and the only complete one on display in the world. Build a virtual squid from home and then come and find it in exhibition.
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Ngā Toi Arts Te Papa
Discover the national art collection: 11 galleries, 100's of art works, hours of inspiration.
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Explore the world of Māori as tangata whenua – the first settlers of Aotearoa New Zealand.
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Shake things up in the Earthquake House! Discover the powerful geological forces that shape New Zealand’s landscape.
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Mountains to Sea
From kiwi to kauri, explore the variety of New Zealand’s animals and plants.
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Welcome to our unique Marae (communal meeting place), designed and created by leading Māori artists. Te Marae embodies the bicultural partnership at the heart of Te Papa.
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Enter a junk shop that transports you through 100 years of New Zealand history on film.
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Our audio guide offers fascinating commentary on Te Papa's taonga (cultural treasures). Available from the Information Desk, Level 2, in English, Māori, and German.
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