Te Papa is open. Te Papa Covid-19 information
Kei te tuwhera a Te Papa. He mōhiohio nā Te Papa mō Covid-19

Te Papa Covid-19 information He mōhiohio nā Te Papa mō Covid-19

From 11:59PM Thursday 2 December we will require visitors to be double vaccinated to enter Te Papa. Te Papa under the Covid-19 protection framework.


Te Papa at Alert Level 2

Te Papa is open at Alert Level 2, with safety measures in place.

What we need you to do when visiting Te Papa at Alert Level 2:

  • Wear a mask. You legally must wear a face covering while inside the museum.
  • Check in. You are required to check in. You can do this through the NZ COVID Tracer app or manually upon entry.
  • Maintain physical distancing. You must stay two metres from other people, except for friends and family.
  • Sanitise. Dispensers are located throughout the museum, and we’re also cleaning continually.
  • Follow Covid-19 health measures. Stay home if you’re sick, cover coughs with your elbow, and wash your hands regularly.

Additional information:


Te Papa under the Covid-19 protection framework

Te Papa is the museum for all Aotearoa, and accessibility is vitally important.

We have decided that the best way to ensure the well-being of our community, our visitors, and our staff is to require people entering Te Papa to be double vaccinated. We have made this decision after weighing up the risks and benefits, and especially considering our visitors under 12 who cannot currently be vaccinated.

We consider that requiring double vaccination will make Te Papa as safe as it can be, and keep the museum accessible for as many manuhiri as possible.

The Covid-19 protection framework (aka the traffic light system) will come into effect at 11:59PM on Thursday 2 December. From then, all visitors to Te Papa (including those visiting our offices and collection stores) will need to be double vaccinated. We will check visitors’ vaccination status at the entrance to Te Papa using the My Vaccine Pass process. Children under 12 will be exempt because they can’t currently be vaccinated.

As the national museum we are kaitiaki of taonga, and that includes caring for the communities they belong to. We consider these decisions necessary for the hauora of our people, and the people we serve.

We will continue to follow the advice and regulations of the government, and will continue to review our policies as the Covid-19 situation evolves.

In addition to our physical visitors to the museum, Te Papa receives many millions of digital visitors each year who access the national collections online, including a rich archive of images, videos, and storytelling. In this way we can continue to make the national collections available to all.

We will update this page once we know whether Wellington’s traffic light colour is green, orange, or red.


Do you require double vaccination from Covid-19 to enter Te Papa?

From 11:59PM on Thursday 2 December: Yes. Children under 12 are exempt, because they can’t currently be vaccinated.

Will you allow exemptions?

We acknowledge that not everyone can be vaccinated, and our policy allows for exemptions as defined by the Ministry of Health.

How will you check vaccination status?

We will use My Vaccine Pass to check vaccination status.

What if my phone has died, or I’ve forgotten my printed pass?

We are working through our procedures now for how this will work at our front door.

Showing Vaccine Pass for entry is something all of Aotearoa will be getting used to, and so we expect to learn and adjust as we go.

We will make the process as smooth and easy as possible.

What about a negative Covid-19 test – can visitors use that instead of the vaccine pass?

It isn’t something we will have available immediately, but it is something we may consider for the future.

I have feedback, who can I talk to?

Email covid19@tepapa.govt.nz.


Stay well Aotearoa and let’s look after each other.
Kia ora, kia kaha! Noho pai mai Aotearoa, ā, kia whakaaro tātou tētahi ki tē tahi.


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