Te Papa Pūrākau

Buy tickets for a fun and affordable StoryPlace session for you and your preschool child – explore museum-related themes through play, games, storytelling, and song.

Activities are led by a friendly Te Papa Host. StoryPlace offers some of the best toddler-friendly activities in Wellington.

Ages: 12 months to 5 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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.

StoryPlace offers some of the best toddler-friendly activities in Wellington.

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Times Current Programme: Story Place in Space
Costs Early childhood centres and play groups
Buy tickets Prams, pushchairs, scooters, and bikes


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 – late arrivals are not accepted.

The following sessions are fully booked:

17 August 2016 10.30am
22 August 2016 10.30am
30 August 2016 10.30am
8 September 2016 10.30am
16 September 2016 10.30am
21 September 2016 10.30am


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

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. 

We take bookings for early childhood centres and play groups (must be 10 - 25 people).

Book for a group

Book a kids’ birthday parties at StoryPlace

Current Programme: StoryPlace in Space

Outer space captures everyone's imagination. But it’s a topic young children don’t often get to explore, since when the stars and moon are visible, our kids are (hopefully) asleep. This StoryPlace theme gives children the chance to learn about space, space travel, the moon, stars, and planets. The programme includes drama activities, storytelling, and creative activities.

When: Mon–Fri (excluding Public Holidays), 10:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm 
Duration: 45 minutes
Where: StoryPlace, Level 2
Cost: $2 per pre-schooler and $2 per adult


Buy your tickets from the Information Desk, Level 2. Babies under 12 months free but require a ticket. Please get your tickets at least 5 minutes before each session. Secure a date and time by buying tickets early – up to 7 days before a session.

Sessions take a maximum of 25 people (pre-schoolers and adults). It is not uncommon for sessions to sell out quickly.

Early childhood centres and play groups 

Your early childhood centre or play group 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 for 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.

Parking at Te Papa