Coming soon: Art at Te Papa

We’re building a spectacular new art gallery at Te Papa, opening February 2018.

  • When Opening Mar 2018
  • Where Levels 4 & 5

Opening on levels four and five, the new gallery will increase in size by 35% to 3,980 m2 – roughly the size of 15 tennis courts. It means we can show more works from Aotearoa New Zealand’s art collection, new large-scale artworks, and showcase local and international artists.

The new art space will encourage kids and adults to explore, learn, play, and have fun with art.

There’ll be something for everyone. Our art collection belongs to all New Zealanders, and everyone is welcome to come and be inspired and find their own meanings in what they see in the new gallery.

Te Papa will remain open while the new gallery is being built, with plenty to see and do. For keen art fans, there’s still plenty of art on display within our other exhibitions – see if you can find them all!

The new art gallery by the numbers:

  • 3,980m2 floor space
  • 27 km timber framing
  • 53 tonnes steel
  • 9,000m2 sheet lining
  • 18,075 m3 gallery volume
  • 35% more space for art
  • 40,000 artworks in the national art collection
  • 150,000 photographs in Te Papa’s collection
  • 1,784,939 visitors to Te Papa per year

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Artist's rendering of the new art gallery.

Featured art works:

Michael Parekowhai, He korero pūrākau mo te awanui o te motu: story of a New Zealand river, 2011. Purchased 2011 with the assistance of the Friends of Te Papa. Te Papa (2011-0046-1/A-N to N-N)

Richard Killeen, Assimilation, 1978. Te Papa  (2009-0016-1)

Ani O’Neill, Rainbow country, 2000–01. Te Papa (2002-0009-1/AA-HR)

Gretchen Albrecht, In a shower of gold, 2011. Te Papa  (2013-0018-1/A-B to B-B)

Gordon Walters, Karakia, 1977. Purchased with Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council of New Zealand funds. Te Papa (1978-0019-1)

Peter Robinson, Boy am I scarred eh, 1997. Te Papa (2012-0016-5)