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Open House: Capital 150


Sat 25 Jul 2015, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sun 26 Jul 2015, 10:00am–5:00pm

Where: Te Papa, 55 Cable St, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


Celebrate Wellington’s 150th birthday at Te Papa, with a weekend of free activities for all the family!

On 25 and 26 July 2015, explore our amazing Tory Street storehouse, take free back-of-house tours at the Museum, and round off the celebration with drumming sensation Strike! Bookings can be made via tepapa.govt/openhouse2015.

Saturday 25 July

Tory Street Exposed!

Bring the family for a roam through Te Papa’s massive Tory Street storehouse. Grab this rare chance to see our huge natural history collections, which include a great white shark and another colossal squid. Find out about the mysteries of preserving specimens – from the gruesome to the gorgeous and check out extinct birds like the huia; magnificent fliers like the albatross. You will also meet some experts too.

When: Sat 25 Jul 2015, 10.30am–4pm. Last entry is at 3.30pm.
Where: 169 Tory Street, Te Aro
Bookings: No need to book – just turn up! All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Treasure Seeker Tours

Eight different back-of-house tours in one day – Te Papa is celebrating our capital’s 150th birthday on a grand scale! Join a special tour and discover some of the extraordinary items in the national museum’s collections – including many that have never been on display. Choose from art, history, textiles, Pasifika, taonga Māori, botany, or library. Places are limited – please book online.

When: Every hour, 10.30am–3.30pm
Where: 55 Cable Street
Tour duration: About 30 minutes
Bookings: Places are limited – please book in advance or on the day at the Information Desk, Level 2. Tours also depart from the Information Desk, Level 2.

Sunday 26 July

A Day with Strike!

Come to Te Papa and celebrate our capital’s 150th birthday with a bang! Join percussion group Strike for a drumming workshop, then watch these high-energy musicians in action.
Drumming workshops – 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, & 1.30pm
Strike performance – 2.30pm–3.15pm

When: Sun 26 Jul, 10.30am–3.15pm
Where: Te Marae, Te Papa
Bookings: No need to book – just turn up!

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