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

Exhibitions Opening soon

A bottle of water sits on top of a light purple platform. That platform sits on top of two gold-coloured hexagonal legs. Behind, leaning against the wall is a row of over-sized incense sticks, also purple

Dane Mitchell: Iris, Iris, Iris

Dane Mitchell’s Iris, Iris, Iris merges the visible world with the invisible, using the many meanings of the word ‘iris’ to explore the senses of smell and sight.

Iris fragrance infuses silk cloth, which is printed with images of the artist’s irises. Perfume swirls in a jar, combining the extracted scents of iris-related objects: the lens of an Olympus camera, an iris flower, a paper umbrella the exact hue of the artist's iris.

Hundreds of iris-scented incense sticks line the gallery. To burn these one after the other would take five years – the life cycle of an iris.

Get our newsletter

Stay in the loop about our wide range of events and exhibitions.

Follow us

Follow our social media channels for a glimpse behind the scenes at Te Papa.

Join Friends of 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.