Te Papa is a state of the art modern museum, bringing together under one roof both the Maori & European history of New Zealand. It is New Zealand's national museum, the largest cultural project in New Zealand's history, completed in 1998 at a cost of $317 million. At the museum, you will encounter Maori, New Zealand's indigenous people, through authentic portrayals of their traditions and living culture, including an opportunity to visit a unique Marae (communal meeting place). Then there's the geology, the geography and other exhibitions that will give you interesting insights to New Zealand. The best introduction to Te Papa is to take a 90 minute guided tour that explains Maori culture and treasures, art and New Zealand's colonial history.
Opened in 1998 and designed by local architect Ivan Mercep of Jasmax Architects.
'The Great War' exhibition was created by Te Papa and Peter Jackson's Weta workshop.
Te Papa displays a large collection of native plants, sea creatures, birds and native animals.
An authentic and inclusive marae (Maori communal meeting place) is found on level 4.
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