Vehicle access: Our vehicle entrance will be reduced to one lane from 25 July until the end of November 2022, due to the construction of a new set of traffic lights outside Te Papa.
Info about vehicle access to Te Papa 25 Jul – Nov 2022

Tell us a story: how did the colossal squid get to Te Papa?

Our beloved colossal squid (the only one on display in the world) has been a whānau

favourite since 2008 – but how did it get here? Tell us a ‘tall tale’ or a factual story about how it came to Te Papa. You could write, draw, or animate your story.

Remember to show us! #TePapaWhānauChallenge

Read pages 8 and 9 of the colossal squid activity book to find out how the squid got to Te Papa, or make up your own story!


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Other useful resources

The colossal squid activity book (page 8 and 9 tells the real story of how the colossal squid came to Te Papa)

The arms and tentacles of the colossal squid

The beak of the colossal squid

The eyes of the colossal squid

See how others took on the challenge

A drawing of the squid and a boat


How to colossal squid came to Te Papa, by Tilly age 10

Using Plasticine and Lego to create a stop motion animation video


Using Plasticine and Lego to create a stop motion animation video with a tablet device, by Lennox and Frankie age 7 and 4

Want to use stop motion? Watch a video to learn how to do it

Introduction to stop motion – English 

Introduction to stop motion – te reo Māori