Te Papa’s best bits: Round the museum in two hours

If you're short on time and keen to see some of our recent highlights, here's a selection of must-sees that'll take you less than two hours to explore.

Gallipoli: The scale of our war


To mark the World War I centenary, Te Papa has joined forces with Weta Workshop to create an exhibition like no other.

Gallipoli: The scale of our war combines the world of museums with the world-class creative artistry of Weta Workshop to immerse you in the eight-month Gallipoli campaign.

The ground-breaking exhibition tells the story through the eyes and words of eight ordinary New Zealanders who found themselves in extraordinary circumstances. Each is captured frozen in a moment of time on a monumental scale – 2.4 times human size.

Where: Level 2

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Peter Snell: Medal-Winning Magic

Sir Peter Snell was one of the world’s greatest athletes in middle-distance running. During his athletic career, he won three Olympic gold medals and two British Empire and Commonwealth Games gold medals, and set at least six world records.

See two of Sir Peter Snell’s Olympic gold medals and one of his running shoes made by his coach, Arthur Lydiard.

Where: Level 2

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The Colossal Squid

Visitors look at the colossal squid

Meet the colossal squid – eyes the size of soccer balls and awesome, rotating tentacle hooks. See the only colossal squid specimen on display in the world, right here at Te Papa.

Descend deep into the dark, cold Southern Ocean and check out the mysterious world of the colossal squid.

The Colossal Squid is part of Mountains to Sea.

Where: Level 2

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Earthquake House

Earthquake House

Feel the earth move under your feet and see how seismic shifts created New Zealand’s landscapes in Awesome Forces.

Experience an earthquake house with a shaking floor simulating an earthquake.

Where: Level 2

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Rugby Legends: The Spirit of the Black Jersey


New Zealand’s black jersey is rugby’s most potent symbol.

Discover some of this country’s rugby legends – teams and players who embody the spirit of the black jersey.

Highlights include the ‘eel-like’ jersey worn by 1905’s ‘Originals’, the first team called ‘All Blacks’, and the jersey Richie McCaw pulled on for the quarterfinals of the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Explore the history of the game in New Zealand through legendary players such as Dave Gallaher, George Nepia, Farah Palmer, and McCaw, and trace the evolution of the national team and its iconic emblem: the silver fern.

Where: Level 3

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