Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Tavel Guide
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa is one of the world's best interactive museum, located in the Wellington waterfront area. "Te Papa Tongarewa" is broadly translatable as "the place of treasures of this land".
Inside the building are six floors of exhibitions, cafés and gift shops dedicated to New Zealand's culture and environment. The museum has the world's largest specimen of the rare colossal squid. It weighs 495 kilograms (1, 091 lb) and is 4. 2 metres (14 ft) long. The History Collection includes many dresses and textiles, the oldest of which date back to the sixteenth century. The History Collection also includes the New Zealand Post Archive with around 20, 000 stamps and related objects, and the Pacific Collection with about 13, 000 historic and contemporary items from the Pacific Islands. The cultural collections include collections on photography, taonga Māori (Māori cultural treasures), and pacific cultures. There are significant collections of fossils and archaeozoology, significant amphibians, reptiles and mammals.
Te Papa has a mixture of long term exhibitions of cultural objects, hands-on and interactive exhibitions, cultural spaces and touring exhibitions. All permanent exhibitions are free. Many of the touring exhibition are ticketed, but there are occasional free days.