Museum of New Zealand - Te Papa Tongarewa
55 Cable Street, Wellington, New Zealand
www.tepapa.govt.nz - 04-381 7000
Museum of New Zealand - Te Papa Tongarewa Wellington Reviews
Overwhelming impressions Jan 23, 2011
Te Papa Tongarewa, situated in Wellington, is New Zealand's national museum and also exclaimed to be one of the best museums in the whole country. It's supposed to be a place with which nearly every New Zealander can identify because it reflects the country's unique character including history and culture, traditions and art, science and innovations in a modern, gripping and interactive way. A description I can surely agree on!
A visit at Te Papa guarantees a fun, informative and enriching journey for the whole family that can easily take more than one day.
The museum is open from 10am to 6pm every day, and until 9pm on Thursdays. The entry is free (you only have to purchase a ticket for short-term exhibitions exhibited on the top floor).
Many fascinating exhibitions keep visitors busy marvelling, exploring and interacting. New Zealand's history and Maori art are featured as well as flora and fauna from the early beginnings to today's existence as well as modern science and technology.
It's not difficult at all to get lost among all those floors full of captivating exhibitions called for example 'Blood Earth Fire', 'Awesome Force' and 'Mountains to Sea'. But, no worries, no matter where you end up you will discover just another vibrant treasure like the Colossal Squid, Bush City or an interactive photo wall.
Lots of neatly designed and instructive information boards and video walls make it less than difficult to gather as many facts as you possibly can. Besides the friendly staff, dressed in blue Te Papa T-shirts, is always happy to answer questions and give advice.
A thing that makes the Te Papa special too are countless of stations and stalls, where you have the opportunity of turning from an ordinary visitor into an extraordinary scientist, inventor or researcher yourself. And themed Discovery Centres especially for kids allow the younger ones to look behind the scenes of a worthwhile discovering world.
A café and souvenir shop are also integrated in the museum so even more amenities are available in the most likely case that you need a rest or you are interested in purchasing the one or other souvenir.
I had heard really great comments about the Te Papa before I visited this place myself, and none of them were underestimated. The overall package offered at this museum is just very complete. An experience you shouldn't miss out on, without doubt!
Part of the New Zealand 2010/11 travel blog
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