Photography and conduct Ngā tikanga uru me te tango whakaahua

Food and drink are not allowed in the museum.

Help protect our taonga

  taongatreasuresMāori | Noun
– please read our house rules below.

Photography and filming

For personal use

Throughout most of Te Papa, you’re welcome to use your camera to take photos and video for personal, non-commercial use.

This includes photos of:

  • people, with their permission
  • events
  • most collection items, including borrowed works
  • most exhibitions
  • Te Papa interiors.

Look out for this sign indicating objects or exhibitions that cannot be filmed or photographed. This may be for cultural reasons, because of copyright, or to protect the objects.

Graphic of a camera with a red line across it indicating no photography allowed

Selfie sticks are permitted in Te Papa. Other equipment such as tripods, monopods, and lighting require permission.

Contact us to request permission.

For commercial use

Unless you’ve received permission from us, you must not sell or profit from the photography, film, or video you take at Te Papa, or use it for commercial purposes.

Commercial photography and filming


To protect our taonga

  taongatreasuresMāori | Noun
and make sure everyone’s visit is enjoyable, please be aware that:

  • all tamariki

      tamarikiChildrenMāori | Noun
    under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult who is 16 years or over
  • Te Papa is smoke-free – no smoking, including electronic cigarettes, indoors or outdoors
  • food and drink are not allowed in the museum
  • animals are not allowed, except certified assistance dogs helping people with disabilities
  • objects should not be touched, unless signage says you can
  • scooters, skateboards, and bikes are not permitted inside the museum. You can park your bike, scooter, or skateboard at our racks. Near our main entrance. We loan out padlocks for scooters and skateboards free of charge. Speak to a Host in the Entrance Foyer when you arrive.

Security cameras are operating.