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Get your culture fix at these Wellington galleries and museums
Wellington is rich in cultural attractions. Here are two of the best to include on your visit to the capital city.
As New Zealand's capital, Wellington is a thriving city that's alive with art and culture. Quirky makers and creators of all kinds, producing everything from artistic masterpieces to off-the-wall creations, call the city home. You'll find small galleries and boutique stores dotted around the city where you can explore these creations.
If you want to get your art and culture fix when you visit, check out these great Wellington museums and galleries.
Te Papa Tongarewa – Museum of New Zealand
Te Papa is New Zealand's national museum and houses collections that span art, history, Pacific and Maori history, and natural environment. The displays are creative, engaging, educational and fun, and it's a wonderful place for the whole family to explore the rich cultural history of New Zealand and its people.
As well as the permanent exhibitions, Te Papa also hosts a constantly changing lineup of temporary displays, alongside regular talks and events. With so much to see, you could find yourself returning to Te Papa a few more times before you're finished in Wellington.
The museum is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day, opening until 9 p.m. on Thursdays. Entry is free.
City Gallery Wellington
Another free attraction for your trip to Windy Welly, City Gallery is located in the heart of Wellington, adjacent to the Town Hall and Library in Civic Square.
The gallery hosts an extensive lineup of world-class exhibitions featuring the best of Kiwi and international art. Whether you're an ardent art fanatic or just have a passing interest, you're sure to find something here that appeals to you.
Although there is a diverse range of art on display, the main focus of the gallery is on contemporary visual arts, architecture and design. Current exhibitions include a display of the creative work of Auckland photographer Yvonne Todd, and the eclectic work of American video artist Michael Robinson.
The gallery is open every day between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.