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Museum of New Zealand - Te Papa Tongarewa
The Museum of New Zealand or Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington is New Zealand’s National Museum. Te Papa Tongarewa translates from Maori as “the place of treasures of this land”. The museum opened in 1992 although it has only been in its present building since 1998. It received over one million visitors in its first six months of opening and now receives over one million visitors every year. The exhibitions cover the natural history and culture of New Zealand with a strong emphasis on its indigenous Maori population and their culture. All of its information signs are displayed in both English and Maori. It also includes a separate archives building and a research library. Facilities on site include a café and shop and the premises are fully accessible by wheelchair users. Te Papa operates guided tours as well as self guided audio tours. Admission is free and opening hours are available on the website.