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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)
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.
Free with entry. No bookings necessary.
Store, Level 1
– Te Papa Press Editor Nicola Legat
Te Papa Hui, Level 2
– Curator Vertebrates Colin Miskelly
Toi Art, Level 5
– Curator Contemporary Art Nina Tonga
Reading Room, Level 4
– Senior Curator Pacific Histories & Cultures Sean Mallon
–History Curators Katie Cooper and Claire Regnault
– Head of Mātauranga Māori Puawai Cairns
Hīnātore, Level 4
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)
$10–$20 tours, must be booked online here, bookings will not be available on the night.
30 minutes – $10
Book the 7.30pm tour
60 minutes – $20
Book the 8pm 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.
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)