Museum of New Zealand - Te Papa

Cable Street, Wellington.
Te Aro, Wellington
New Zealand's celebrated and sometimes controversial National Museum and Art Gallery. A Wellington "must visit". Fascinating for kids.
Check out the way it was built to cope with earthquakes.You can actually see part of the
underground structure.To make way for this museum a hotel was moved on a rail track!!!
The building is pretty awesome to look at and inside there are lots of things to view and some interactive stuff too. Kids love the earthquake house. You can go inside and really feel what it is like to be in an earthquake.

The museum has a very good outdoor area with fantastic views of the harbour and the city. This is a place for all the family.The shop is excellent for things NZ and there is a family friendly café too.

A separate website Arts te Papa features art exhibitions, events and an online art magazine.

The building failed to find favour with many of the architectural community but the public love it and in time architectural critics might see its merits too.
The design was by JASMAX (Ivan Mercep, Peter Bossley and Pip Cheshire). Completion was in 1998.

TRANSPORT: Bus route 24 runs from Wellington Railway Station to Miramar and around Oriental Bay

Catch any bus to Courtenay Place and take a short walk to the waterfront.


Maori Architecture, Karl Maughan, Gordon Crook, Peter Black, Fiona Pardington, Ans Westra, Neil Pardington, Philippa Blair, Nigel Brown, Laurence Aberhart, Ben Cauchi, Anne Noble, Billy Apple, Shane Cotton, Julian Dashper, Don Driver, Colin McCahon, Ralph Hotere, Frances Hodgkins, Toss Woollaston, Rita Angus, Bill Culbert, Milan Mrkusich, Marie Shannon, Ava Seymour, Gordon Walters, Megan Jenkinson, Doris Lusk, Dick Frizzell, John Pule, Judy Millar, Darryn George, Michael Parekowhai, Barry Brickell, Barry Cleavin, Brett Graham, Mark Adams, Wayne Barrar, Melvin Day, Greer Twiss, Terry Stringer, Pat Hanly, James Nairn, Gary Blackman, Peter Peryer, John Gully, Ian Scott, Bill Hammond, Don Peebles, Robin White, Richard Killeen, Andrew Drummond, Len Lye, Petrus van der Velden, Grahame Sydney, Alexis Hunter, Elizabeth Thomson, Ann Shelton, Janet Bayly, Michael Illingworth, Marian Maguire, Marti Friedlander, Philip Clairmont, John Reynolds, Allen Maddox, Gavin Chilcott, Andrew Ross, Gottfried Lindauer, Margaret Dawson, Evelyn Page, Yvonne Todd, Robin Morrison, base isolation, Jan Nigro, Peter Siddell, Olivia Spencer Bower, Leo Bensemann, Theo Schoon, Dame Louise Henderson, Bruce Foster, Margaret Stoddart, Emily Karaka, Jacqueline Fahey, Gavin Hipkins, Brian Brake, John Weeks, William A Sutton, Peter McIntyre, Séraphine Pick, Natalie Robertson, Pete Bossley, Paratene Matchitt, Eric Lee-Johnson, Bruce Connew, Alan Pearson, Adrienne Martyn, Pip Cheshire, Cliff Whiting, David Cook, Burton Brothers, Janet Paul, Matthew Mcintyre Wilson, John Miller, Margaret Butler
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  • Te Papa from the south
    Te Papa from the south
  • The Entrance to Te Papa.
    The Entrance to Te Papa.
  • Modern meeting house (wharenui) in the museum
    Modern meeting house (wharenui) in the museum
  • The Pa Lookout on the East Side
    The Pa Lookout on the East Side
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