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Wellington Museums & exhibitions

Our most recommended Wellington Museums & exhibitions

Museum of NZ Te Papa Tongarewa: Gallipoli Early Entry Ticket

1. Museum of NZ Te Papa Tongarewa: Gallipoli Early Entry Ticket

Avoid the crowds and enter the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa before it opens to the public at 10:00 AM, and access the "Gallipoli: The Scale of Our War" exhibition to learn more about one of the major campaigns of World War I. Get a short introduction from a knowledgeable guide, and then explore at your own pace. Combining the world of museums with the world-class creative artistry of Weta Workshop, the ground-breaking exhibition tells the story through the eyes and words of eight ordinary New Zealanders who found themselves in extraordinary circumstances.  Learn all about the giant sculptures that took a staggering 24,000 hours to create. Encounter 3D maps and projections, miniatures, models, dioramas, and a range of interactive experiences that will bring New Zealand's Gallipoli story to life. Then, use your entry ticket to explore the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa's vast collections at leisure.

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa: Mana Māori Tour

2. Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa: Mana Māori Tour

Enjoy a 1-hour guided afternoon tour to discover Te Papa’s Maori cultural treasures and hear their stories. This tour will enrich your understanding of what makes New Zealand’s Maori culture unique. In central Wellington, you're rarely more than a 20-minute walk away from The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, a cultural history museum located on the waterfront. Gain free admission to the museum and explore at your own pace. Then, join a small-group afternoon tour with a friendly, knowledgeable guide to learn about Aotearoa and its indigenous Māori people. Listen to engaging and informative commentary as your guide brings the stories of New Zealand's places and people to life. The museum extensive collections are spread over six floors with high-tech interactive exhibits. Encounter Māori and other Pacific Island cultural treasures and learn about New Zealand’s extraordinary natural history. The tour is an ideal orientation for first-time visitors while adding depth and understanding to the Te Papa experience. 

Museum of NZ Te Papa Tongarewa Twilight Express Tour

3. Museum of NZ Te Papa Tongarewa Twilight Express Tour

Take a 45-minute express tour at twilight when the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa is less crowded. Tick off the museum's main highlights and learn about New Zealand's land, people, and history from your friendly knowledgeable guide.  The museum extensive collections are spread over six floors with over 200,000 items. Join a small group lead by a friendly, knowledgeable guide who will take you on the most direct route to the museum's popular exhibits. The route may vary depending on your guide.   The guides are highly trained, with a knack for bringing the stories of New Zealand's places and people to life. You will stop regularly to interact with the displays and learn about the most important works and artifacts. See Māori cultural treasures, the museum’s own 'marae' (Māori meeting house), as well as historic and contemporary art. 

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Guided Tour

4. Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Guided Tour

This introductory 1-hour guided tour is the perfect way to gain an overview of Te Papa’s highlights, Maori treasures, and New Zealand history. It is ideal if you have limited time or would like an introduction for an extended visit!  In central Wellington, you're rarely more than a 20-minute walk away from The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, a cultural history museum located on the waterfront. Join a tour in either English or Mandarin led by a friendly, knowledgeable guide to make the most of your visit. The guides are highly trained, with a knack for bringing the stories of New Zealand's places and people to life. Tours available in English or Mandarin.  Learn about Maori history, traditions, and art. View photography and natural science displays, come face-to-face with the largest and only colossal squid on display in the world. Enjoy high-tech interactive exhibits, art and design galleries, and the living, growing exhibition of Bush City. After the tour, use your entry ticket to explore the museum further at your own pace. There is plenty to see and you are welcome to stay as long as you like. Rest and recharge at one of the onsite cafes and browse for a souvenir at the gift stores.

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What people are saying about Wellington

Great variety of exhibitions, lots of interactive ones, impressive building. We were able to get early access to the current ( and fabulous) Gallipoli exhibition.. great luxury to see it at an earlier/uncrowded time. We also had a beaut orientation tour, to the museum, and also to first peoples culture Many thanks Te Papa

Our guide did an outstanding job of introducing us to the exhibits at Te Papa. We were very pleased that we took the tour before seeing the exhibits on our own. Thank you for making this opportunity available to us.

An excellent display. We had one of your staff explain a lot about various aspects of Gallipoli. The Wetta Workshop creations were amazing. We left feeling quite sad learning what the soldiers went through.

A highlights tour —too short—which was augmented by a Q&A session with the guide. Came away with much more understanding of the Māori

Robbie Tichtner was very knowledgeable and friendly to us.