One of the most intriguing museums in the world, the Te Papa Tongarewa gives you a complete insight into just how the cultures of the Tangata Tiriti and the Tangata Whenua combined. This museum is the successor to the colonial museum built by James Hector in the 1860s. It stood until 1930, when it was moved to Buckle Street until finally it came here in 1992.
An Exotic Culture
Finally opened in 1998, it was governed by Dame Sotheran and blew away the expectations it started out with. In just five months, the museum had a scarcely believable one million visitors. It remained the same until 2004 when it was granted more space for exhibition art and this was when it was renamed to its current name.
Open All Hours
It is, as of the time of writing, the national museum of New Zealand and is open every day of the year, from 10 AM to 6 PM, and if you are visiting New Zealand as a tourist this is a must see. Even if you are not a fan of art, this will blow you away – some of the material inside is simply breathtaking.
Renowned for being one of the most enjoyable museums to visit, it has been founded on a strong community basis as it tries to involve itself with the local culture. With several different sections to visit which are the History, Pacific, Natural, Maori and Art section. With extremely enjoyable interactive displays, you can also enjoy some educational programs through the museum if you are staying long enough!
You’ll Never Want To Leave!
This place is a real tourist trap, it is innovative and enjoyable and is seeing a massive increase in its retail section, too, meaning you can pick up gifts for everybody to bring back home! The online website for the museum gives a fine introduction to some of the things you can check out, including a full preview of the museum and sneak peeks of some of their most enjoyable and exuberant art and shows.
With guided tours on every day and a wide variety of things to do, see and learn within you will not be stuck for things to enjoy when you visit the Te Papa Tongarewa Museum. It is one of the most culturally elegant places to see within New Zealand and if you are looking for some diversity to your tour of New Zealand, start here.