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Open every day 10am—6pm
(except Christmas Day)
Free entry for everyone
Charges apply to some short-term exhibitions and activities
55 Cable Street, Wellington
Exhibitions that opened in 2016.
Te Papa and Weta Workshop bring you a science exhibition like no other – a spectacular, immersive experience ‘designed by bugs, for humans’.
Closed10 Dec 2016 – 17 Apr 2017
Exhibition Ngā whakaaturanga
John Parker is one of New Zealand’s most distinctive ceramic artists. Simple lines, clean edges, and industry-inspired forms feature throughout his 50-year career.
Closed28 Oct 2016 – 26 Feb 2017
Five New Zealand and five Australian artists respond to the history, legacy, and recent centenary of World War I.
Closed16 Sep 2016 – 26 Feb 2017
Simon Denny’s acclaimed Venice Biennale exhibition Secret Power explores surveillance, espionage, and New Zealand’s role in the Five Eyes international intelligence alliance.
Closed7 Sep 2016 – 26 Feb 2017
See Frances Parker’s Medal for Valour, awarded for her hunger strike protesting against voting inequality in Britain.
Closed15 Sep – 12 Dec 2016
Exquisite European art and objects reveal how the Church, trade, and innovation influenced what was once considered the height of affluence.
Closed31 Aug 2016 – 26 Feb 2017
Works by Derrick Cherrie, L Budd, Graham Fletcher, and others explore what happens when home life goes on display.
Gender, sexuality, and power – the 1970s photographs of this feminist artist have been described as ‘icons of fearlessness for women’.
Sculptor Matt Pine combines Māori and Pacific perspectives with American minimalism in a new version of his Placement Projects.
Jacqueline Fraser and Tracey Moffatt use popular culture, particularly that of cinematic film, to move their work into the realm of the creative imaginary.
The works of pioneering Māori artist Ralph Hotere, American minimalist artist Ad Reinhardt, and Māori minimalist sculptor Matt Pine are brought together in a surprising conversation.
Female artists enlivened modern art in New Zealand. Double portraits by Rita Angus, Frances Hodgkins, and A Lois White face off, and a little-known mural by White gets some wall time.
Closed24 Aug 2016 – 26 Feb 2017
Adorned brings together paintings, prints, and cultural treasures to explore the art of adornment in Māori and Pacific cultures.
The exhibition drew on contemporary and historic objects from Te Papa and considered how objects can be connected across time.
Closed24 Aug – 19 Sep 2016
Helen Hitchings’ vibrant dealer gallery was ground-breaking in its presentation of modern art and design in New Zealand.
New Zealand’s spectacular scenery captivated European artists and photographers who came here in the 1800s. With no works by Old Masters to copy, nature was their training ground.
Max Gimblett's brass quatrefoils are a glimmering message of peace and remembrance for all New Zealanders who served in World War I. A selection of these art works were on display in Ngā Toi │Arts Te Papa.
Closed16 Mar – 7 Aug 2016
This three-panel light work – originally conceived of as ‘The Incredible Dream Zine Machine’ – invites you to make your own fanzine, or do-it-yourself magazine.
Closed22 Aug 2014 – 31 Mar 2016