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Open every day 10am—6pm
(except Christmas Day)
Charges apply to some short-term exhibitions and activities
55 Cable Street, Wellington
Exhibitions that opened, and long-running exhibitions that closed, in 2017.
Closing at the end of the day. See the Olympic gold medals and shoe won by New Zealander Peter Snell.
Celebrate what makes us Kiwis tick. Junk shop objects come to life as historic moments play onscreen.
Closed 31 Aug 2017
Exhibition Ngā whakaaturanga
Te Papa and Weta Workshop bring you a science exhibition like no other – a spectacular, immersive experience ‘designed by bugs, for humans’.
With only a couple more weeks until it closes, explore Ngāti Toa's stellar successes, dramatic setbacks, and extraordinary resurgence.
Closed 17 Mar 2017
Look up! Tiger Moth aeroplanes have a key place in the story of aerial topdressing – the technology that revolutionised New Zealand’s agriculture.
Closed 13 Mar 2017
Discover some of this country’s rugby legends – teams and players who embody the spirit of the black jersey.
Exquisite European art and objects reveal how the Church, trade, and innovation influenced what was once considered the height of affluence.
Closed 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.
Uncover the fascinating stories behind scientific names – and help us name a new species.
Closed 2 Apr 2017
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.
Gender, sexuality, and power – the 1970s photographs of this feminist artist have been described as ‘icons of fearlessness for women’.
Adorned brings together paintings, prints, and cultural treasures to explore the art of adornment in Māori and Pacific cultures.
Five New Zealand and five Australian artists respond to the history, legacy, and recent centenary of World War I in Ngā Toi | Arts Te Papa.
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.
Jacqueline Fraser and Tracey Moffatt use popular culture, particularly that of cinematic film, to move their work into the realm of the creative imaginary.
Sculptor Matt Pine combines Māori and Pacific perspectives with American minimalism in a new version of his Placement Projects.
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.
Works by Derrick Cherrie, L Budd, Graham Fletcher, and others explore what happens when home life goes on display.
Helen Hitchings’ vibrant dealer gallery was ground-breaking in its presentation of modern art and design in New Zealand.
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.
Aotearoa New Zealand changed dramatically in the 20th century. Discover what united and divided us, and shaped our lives today. Decide whether New Zealand really is a ‘slice of heaven’.
Closed 23 Jan 2017