Te Papa will re-open to the public on Thursday 9 September

Te Papa will re-open to the public at 10am on Thursday 9 September.

Te Papa’s co-leaders, Tumu Whakarae | Chief Executive Courtney Johnston and Kaihautū | Māori Co-leader Arapata Hakiwai, said they are looking forward to welcoming people back to Te Papa.

“Te Papa will open in a way that is safe for manuhiri and kaimahi, that is safe for our taonga and iwi Māori, and that feels really welcoming,” said Ms Johnston.

“Te Papa is a space where our visitors can reflect, relax and re-connect, and while the experience will be a little different at Te Papa during level two, we are opening in a way that we can safely welcome Aotearoa New Zealand back to our place,” said Ms Johnston.

Dr Hakiwai expressed gratitude for the work of staff in caring for taonga, connecting with Kiwis over the lockdown, and preparing the museum to re-open.

“We are so grateful for the support of our staff, our communities, our iwi-in-residence Rongowhakaata, and mana whenua,” he said.

Key new rules for alert level two and how they apply to Te Papa:

  • Masks are compulsory

  • QR scanning is compulsory

  • Two-metre distancing between bubbles

All Te Papa exhibitions will be open, including Surrealist Art, which will have lower numbers to enable two-metre distancing.

For further details on how the new rules for alert level two apply to Te Papa, visit our website. For updates, follow Te Papa on Twitter.

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