Te Papa is closed until further notice. Te Papa Covid-19 coronavirus information
Kua aukati a Te Papa kia puta rā anō he pānui. He mōhiohio nā Te Papa mō Covid-19 huaketokarauna
Go underground to see the amazing Kiwi innovation that ‘puts the brakes on’ in an earthquake.
Have you ever wondered what would happen to Te Papa in an earthquake? Our building sits close to a major fault line on soft, reclaimed land – how do we keep our taongataonga treasures and people safe?
Go underground at Quake Braker to see the amazing Kiwi innovation that ‘puts the brakes on’ in an earthquake.
In Quake Braker you can:
Base isolators are large rubber blocks laminated with steel, and with pure lead columns inside. They were invented by New Zealand scientist Dr William Robinson.
This ingenious invention isolates the building from earthquakes and damps much of the shaking. Reducing the severity of shaking helps to protect the people and contents inside Te Papa.
Base isolators are now used in buildings around the world in areas subject to seismic activity.
Stay in the loop about our wide range of events and exhibitions.
Follow our social media channels for a glimpse behind the scenes at Te Papa.
Friends enjoy benefits and discounts including invitations to previews and private viewings.
Find out how you can support Te Papa through a donation or bequest by becoming a patron.