Te Papa is closed until further notice. Te Papa Covid-19 coronavirus information

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Adornment and Identity

Explore identity through adornment – and create a digital collage to express your own identity.

  • Learning areas and strands Visual Arts, Technology, English, Art History, Social Sciences
  • Education type Education visit
  • Duration 2 hours
  • Suitable for Years 7–13
  • Next available Available
  • Cost $6.50 per student. Free for teachers and parent helpers

To protect against the risk of covid-19, education visits aren’t happening until further notice.

Te Papa covid-19 coronavirus information


How do we adorn ourselves and why? Can adornment express our identity and help to tell our stories?

Using the new Tatau: Sāmoan Tattooing and Photography exhibition, students learn about tatau’s significance from those who wear these ceremonial markings.

In Hīnātore, our learning lab, students digitally 3D design their own tattoos – representing their own identity and illustrating their connections to the world.