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Pacific cultures and botany

A behind the scenes experience

Wednesday 7 February 2018, 10am - 11am


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Join a small group of Friends and see treasures up close on this behind-the-scenes experience at Te Papa, Cable Street.

Discover Te Papa’s herbarium, which contains some 300,000 dried plant specimens. It has more historically significant specimens of New Zealand plants than any other institution in the country. Hear stories about specimens collected during Captain’s Cook first voyage to New Zealand, the secret life of Dactylanthus (the ‘flower of the underworld’), and more.

Then visit the Pacific Cultures collection room, which contains about 13,000 items. Encounter a selection of items, from weaponry to tapa cloths, spanning multiple Pacific nations.

Explore more than 150 years of collections that began when Te Papa’s forerunner, the Colonial Museum, opened in 1865.

Refreshments will be served after the tour

Perfect for your visitors – Te Papa introduces their new offering of behind-the-scenes tours for those over 16 years.  Every Saturday and Sunday from 11am,  join a 60 minute tour of the botany and Pacific Cultures collections.

Feature image: A behind the scenes tour of the Pacific Collection, 2017. Photo by Rachael Hockridge. Te Papa


Members only $20 (includes refreshments and free parking). Numbers are limited.

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