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The Museum of New Zealand – which also goes by its Maori name, Te Papa Tongarewa, translated as "Container of Treasures" – is just that: a beautiful modern building filled with artifacts and art by predominantly New Zealand artists that piece together both the natural and anthropological history of the country. Of special note are the museum's collections of 20th-century New Zealand paintings and its early New Zealand photography. But its historic collections, including textiles that date back to the 18th century, its Maori tribal carvings and its taxonomic preservation of New Zealand's flora and fauna, are also must-sees.
Many recent visitors said the museum offers something for everyone, whether young or old, local or tourist. The museum restaurants, restrooms and souvenir shops earn high praise as well.
The Museum of New Zealand is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily (excluding Christmas Day), and it's free to visit. Fees apply for special exhibits, guided tours and events. You'll find the museum just a stone's throw from the Wellington Waterfront Walk by the Te Papa Museum bus stop. If you opt to drive here, fee-based parking is provided on-site. To learn more about the property, check out the Museum of New Zealand's website.
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