Discovery Centres
Te Papa Tamariki

It’s play time! Families get hands-on with educational exhibits, games, and books.

Ages: Up to 12 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult
Times: 10am–6pm, every day of the year
Cost: Free

Discover one of Wellington’s best educational activities for children and families – Te Papa’s Discovery Centres.

Explore, touch, play, ask questions, research, and learn. Pick a room to suit your whānau’s interests, then get hands-on with educational exhibits, games, and books.

Ask a friendly Host  for help with ideas and information, or delve deeper into each subject with our themed reference books and magazines. Discovery Centres are so much more than play areas …

NatureSpace, Level 2

Step inside a dinosaur footprint, crawl into a whale heart, inspect an insect under a microscope, find a fossil, and much more. At NatureSpace Discovery Centre, our natural environment takes centre stage!

Girls playing in the model whale heart, 2015. Photograph by Michael Hall. Te Papa

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Girls playing in the model whale heart, 2015. Photograph by Michael Hall. Te Papa

PlaNet Pasifika, Level 4

This family space showcases the diversity of expression and creativity among the people of Pacific Island nations.

PlaNet Pasifika 2015. Photograph by Michael Hall. Te Papa

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PlaNet Pasifika 2015. Photograph by Michael Hall. Te Papa