Renewal and property – Te Papa Foundation

The challenges of operating one of the world’s most popular cultural sites are immense; Te Papa’s core exhibitions have captured the hearts and minds of visitors since 1998, and are currently being updated.

Museum under construction


Te Papa’s construction. Te Papa

Te Papa is also to undergo significant structural changes as well as meeting the demands of digital innovations. The Foundation is being created to support these major initiatives.

An exciting new nature space for Te Papa

Te Papa is building an exciting new nature and environment zone, opening in 2019.

Visitors will be able to see rare specimens – including real huia feathers, a mummified moa foot, beaked whale skulls, and fragile plants collected on Captain Cook’s first voyage to New Zealand – and get hands-on with some exciting new interactive experiences. A few favourite exhibits will be back too – including the celebrity squid, and a revamped earthquake house with a new interactive story about recent seismic shifts in Aotearoa.

Celebration outside the Dominion Museum


Lord Bledisloe addresses the crowd at the laying of the foundation stone of the Dominion Museum in Buckle Street, 1932.

Over the coming years Te Papa will transform its permanent exhibits, many of which have been in the museum for more than two decades. This transformation of Te Papa is a once-in-a-generation opportunity, making Te Papa a repeat destination for every New Zealander.

The redevelopment of the nature zone follows the opening of Toi Art, Te Papa’s new art gallery and interactive family spaces on Levels 4 and 5, in March 2018 – the biggest change to Te Papa since it opened.

Harbour view of Te Papa under construction


Te Papa’s construction. Te Papa

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