Puppets in the Portrait Gallery

Bring your little ones to a series of captivating puppet shows, inspired by portraits in Toi Art.

  • When Thu 19 Apr – Sun 27 May 2018, 10.30am–2.00pm
  • Where
    Tūrangawaewae: Art and New Zealand in Toi Art, Level 5
  • Cost Free event

Puppeteer Anna Bailey of String Bean Puppets performs three shows based on artworks displayed on the portrait wall in Toi Art, our new gallery.



Anna Bailey in the portrait gallery in Tūrangawaewae, 2018. Te Papa


April (school holiday shows)

Thu 19, 10.30am–10.50am & 11.30am–11.50am: The Runaway Sheep 

Sun 22, 11am–11.20am & 1pm–1.20pm: The Runaway Sheep

Thu 26, 10.30am–10.50am & 11.30am–11.50am: A Monster in the Gallery

Sun 29, 11am–11.20am & 1pm–1.20pm: A Monster in the Gallery


Thu 24, 10.30am–10.50am & 11.30am–11.50am: The Missing Portrait

Sun 27, 11am–11.20am & 1pm–1.20pm: The Missing Portrait


The Runaway Sheep

It’s night-time in the gallery, but the portraits aren’t asleep. They need to find a missing sheep before the people in one painting, The Emigrants, sail to New Zealand.

A Monster in the Gallery

Sometimes there is more to a painting than meets the eye. There is a monster lurking in a portrait, but which one?

The Missing Portrait

One of the paintings has gone missing in the gallery. Can the portraits find a replacement before the museum opens?