"The Building and the Quake Brakers" Top 5 Page for this destination Te Papa National Museum Tip by Kakapo2

Te Papa National Museum, Wellington: 30 reviews and 49 photos

  On the upper floor of Te Papa Tongarewa.
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  • On the upper floor of Te Papa Tongarewa. - Wellington
      On the upper floor of Te Papa Tongarewa.
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  • A mix of colours and shapes. - Wellington
      A mix of colours and shapes.
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  • The main entrance. - Wellington
      The main entrance.
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Te Papa ? full name: Te Papa Tongarewa (?container of treasures?) sits at a fantastic location right on the waterfront, and I think it is an architectural masterpiece, made of concrete and steel, not just a roof over this united museum and art gallery.

It was built on 36,000 square metres of reclaimed land, and opened on 14 February 1998 after four years of construction works. To protect the building from earthquake movement, shock absorbers were installed. You can view them by visiting the Quake Braker exhibition, next to the main entrance.

Although the building is massive the curved top and the coloured panels to the south give it a light and playful feeling. A central wedge slicing through the two spaces of the building, symbolises division and unity of Maori and Pakeha.

Open daily 10am ? 6pm, on Thurdays until 9pm, free entry, charges for short-term exhibitions, The Time Warp and StoryPlace.

Photo 1 was taken from the open air area of the upper floor. The look inside goes to an art installation that includes the VW van.

Photo 2 shows architectural details of colours and shapes on the building.

On photo 3 you see the main entrance. The Quake Brakers Exhibition is in a room to the right, before you enter the building.

Address: Cable Street
Directions: The museum is right on the Waterfront, between the Civic Square and the International Passenger Terminal.
From Courtenay Place, walk down Taranaki or Tory Street.

Phone: (04) 381 7000
Website: http://www.tepapa.govt.nz

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 16, 2008
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