Te Papa Pūrākau

Explore museum-related themes through play, games, storytelling, and song. Led by a friendly Te Papa Host, StoryPlace offers some of the best toddler-friendly activities in Wellington.

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Current programme: Māori Myths and Legends

Māori storytelling is rich with drama and characters that fascinate tamarikitamariki children. In this StoryPlace programme, they discover adventurous heroes such as Māui and Kupe, and powerful gods like Tānemahuta, the kaitiaki (guardian) of forests. Through drama, waiatawaiata song, storytelling, and exploration, tamariki experience a rich oral tradition that explains everything from earthquakes to how the stars got to the sky.

Programme runs until 2 December 2016.


Ages: 12 months to 5 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Babies under 12 months free but require a ticket.

Visiting with older children? As you plan to enjoy StoryPlace with your preschooler, please arrange for any older children to explore the museum with another adult.


Monday – Friday, year-round (excluding public holidays)
Duration: 45 minutes

  • 10.30am–11.15am (buy your tickets by 10.25am)
  • 11.30am–12.15pm (buy your tickets by 11.25am)
  • 1.30pm–2.15pm (buy your tickets by 1.25pm)

Our Host will meet you outside StoryPlace, Level 2. Please arrive promptly to avoid disappointment – unfortunatley we can't except late arrivals.

Fully booked dates

The following sessions have been fully booked by groups: 

19 October 2016 10:30am
20 October 2016 10:30am
27 October 2016 10:30am
16 November 2016 10:30am

How to buy tickets

To secure your spot at a StoryPlace session, buy your tickets up to seven days in advance at the Information Desk on Level 2. It is not uncommon for sessions to sell out quickly, but if tickets are available on the day we ask that you purchase them at least 5 minutes before the session. 

Preschooler: $2
Adult: $2
Baby under 12 months: Free, but requires a ticket

Sessions take a maximum of 25 people (pre-schoolers and adults).

Group bookings

You can make a group booking for an early childhood centre or play group.

You can either:

  • join a public StoryPlace session at the usual cost, or
  • book out an entire StoryPlace session.

Bookings must be for 10–25 people and be made at least seven days in advance. 


  • Up to 15 children: $45 (minimum charge)
  • Extra child: $3 each
  • Teachers and accompanying adults: Free

Book a group

Prams, pushchairs, scooters, and bikes

Prams and pushchairs 

You can park your pram or pushchair in our free stroller park, just outside StoryPlace, for the duration of the session.

For health and safety reasons we are unable to accept prams, pushchairs, scooters, bikes, or tricycles in Coat and Bag.

Scooters, bikes, and tricycles

Scooters, bikes, and tricycles are not permitted inside the museum – they can be parked outside at our bike rack, using your own lock.