Gallipoli: The scale of our war
Karipori: Te pakanga nui

Te Papa has joined forces with Weta Workshop to create an exhibition like no other.

  • When April 2015 – April 2019
  • Where Level 2
  • Cost Free entry

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Explore the website – Gallipoli: The scale of our war

This ground-breaking exhibition tells the story of the Gallipoli campaign in World War I through the eyes and words of eight ordinary New Zealanders who found themselves in extraordinary circumstances.

Each is captured frozen in a moment of time on a monumental scale – 2.4 times human size. The large-scale sculptures took a staggering 24,000 hours to create, and countless hours were spent researching their rich histories.

Cutting-edge technology was used to create 3-D maps, projections, miniatures, models, dioramas, and interactive experiences to bring this story to life.

In total, 2,779 Kiwis lost their lives on Gallipoli, and many others were scarred for ever. Gallipoli: The scale of our war takes you to the core of this defining event.

Visitors at Gallipoli: The scale of our war, 2015. Photograph by Michael Hall. Te Papa

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Visitors at Gallipoli: The scale of our war, 2015. Photograph by Michael Hall. Te Papa

Explore the website

Uncover an amazing collection of images, letters, and videos from the exhibition. Explore the story through hundreds of glimpses of New Zealanders’ experiences at Gallipoli.

Explore the Gallipoli: The scale of our war website

Behind-the-scenes videos

Watch as Weta Workshop and Te Papa combine the worlds of movies, model-making, and museums to create an exhibition like no other.

Filmed over seven months, these videos show how we created the incredibly lifelike, large-scale sculptures and many other powerful features in the exhibition. Hear from Richard Taylor from Weta Workshop, Te Papa’s curators, and other members of the highly skilled team.

Watch Building Gallipoli

Education resource

Use our Gallipoli: The scale of our war education resource to access layers of fascinating, curriculum-linked information – perfect for use in your school’s learning projects.

Education resources
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Visitor at Gallipoli: The scale of our war, 2015. Photograph by Michael Hall. Te Papa

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Visitor at Gallipoli: The scale of our war, 2015. Photograph by Michael Hall. Te Papa

Early bird entry and visiting tips

Explore Gallipoli: The scale of our war before our doors open to the public at 10am. You’ll receive a short introduction from a Te Papa Host, then wander freely at your own pace.
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  • Due to the popularity of the exhibition, please be prepared to queue.
  • If you live in Wellington and want to avoid queuing, remember that the exhibition will be open until 2019.
  • You are welcome to take photos (without flash) and share them with your friends and family on social media #Gallipoli
  • Parental guidance is recommended as the exhibition contains graphic content and some language may offend.

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