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Friends Takeover: Access All Areas

Thursday 27 June 2019, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Free – $20.00

A night where Friends of Te Papa get the whole museum to themselves. Go behind-the-scenes, hear from our experts, listen to live music, shop, eat and drink, and experience the museum like no-one else.

If you’re not a member and want to attend sign up to be a Friend of Te Papa today.

All areas of the museum will be open for you to explore including:

Portrait wall in Tūrangawaewae: Art and New Zealand, 2018. Te Papa (103741)

  • Te Taiao | Nature
  • Toi Art
  • Ko Rongowhakaata: The Story of Light and Shadow
  • Gallipoli: The Scale of Our War
  • Espresso café – grab some nibbles and drinks at a special discount
  • The stores – open for you to use your Friends discount and to try samples from local artisans
  • and the mezzanine library –  usually only open by appointment.

You’ll receive a free welcome drink on arrival, there’ll be live music throughout the evening and you’ll have the chance to contribute to the future of the museum.

Short talks

Free with entry. No bookings necessary.


Store, Level 1

Publishing books in a museum context

– Te Papa Press Editor Nicola Legat

Te Papa Press

Te Papa Hui, Level 2

Secrets of Kohanga | Nest

– Curator Vertebrates Colin Miskelly


Toi Art, Level 5

The works of Janet Lilo & Tiffany Singh

– Curator Contemporary Art Nina Tonga


Reading Room, Level 4

Co-collecting in Pacific communities

– Senior Curator Pacific Histories & Cultures Sean Mallon


Reading Room, Level 4

Representing LGBTQI+ communities in museum collections

–History Curators Katie Cooper and Claire Regnault


Reading Room, Level 4

Redeveloping our Māori exhibitions

– Head of Mātauranga Māori Puawai Cairns


Reading Room, Level 4

Through the lens of our rare books
From Cook to creatures, teeth marks to marbling
– Librarian Martin Lewis
All evening

Hīnātore, Level 4

A sneak-peek into Te Papa’s learning lab, Hīnātore

Ever tried virtual reality (VR) or augmented reality (AR)? Here’s your chance!


Rare book tour collection tour, 2015. Photograph by Michael Hall. Te Papa (25412)

Paid behind-the-scenes tours

$10–$20 tours, must be booked online here, bookings will not be available on the night.

Making eagles and moas

30 minutes – $10

Model Maker Jake Yocum describes the process of recreating models of the extinct Haast’s eagle and moa. Book the 6.50pm tour 

Book the 7.30pm tour

Gallipoli: The Scale of Our War

30 minutes – $10

History curator Stephanie Gibson highlights some of her favourite objects in the exhibition. Book the 6.50pm tour

Book the 7.30pm tour

How we digitise our collection objects

30 minutes – $10

Go behind the scenes into our imaging lab with Imaging Manager Michael O’Neill. See how our taonga are photographed, 3D scanned, and digitised for Collections Online. Book the 6.50pm tour

Book the 7.30pm tour

Into our art store

60 minutes – $20

Unearth Friends of Te Papa contributions to the museum’s vast and vibrant art collection with Curators Rebecca Rice and Justine Olsen. Book the 7pm tour

Book the 8pm tour

How to display precious taonga

30 minutes – $10

Conservator Robert Clendon shares the various methods and expertise that was involved in displaying the specimens in Te Taiao | Nature – including the colossal squid! Book the 6.50pm tour

Book the 7.30pm tour

The art of painting and textile conservation

30 minutes – $10

Discover the technologies used by conservators to care for our precious collections with Textiles Conservator Anne Peranteau and Paintings Conservator Linda Waters. Book the 6.50pm tour


Book the 7.30pm tour

Behind the Scenes in the Art Store, 2017, Te Papa

Scanning the Moa egg, 2019, Te Papa


This evening is free and exclusive for Friends members.

Please RSVP below and bring your membership number on arrival.

The evening is free for Friends members and you can bring along non-members for $20 – they will need to provide your membership number and need to RSVP.

Arrive whenever you like from 6.30pm and enjoy a welcome drink on arrival in the Wellington Foyer.

Not a member?

If you’re not a member and want to attend, please join Friends of Te Papa.

The individual membership price is $40 (non-Wellington based) or $50 (Wellington based) per year.

We’d love you to join and support Our Place.

Trying out new technology in Hīnātore, 2018. Photo by Kate Whitley. Te Papa (113791)



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Thursday 27 June 2019
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Free – $20.00
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Te Papa
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Wellington, 6011 New Zealand
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Friends of Te Papa
(04) 381 7051