Current Exhibitions

Awesome Forces

Blood, Earth, Fire
Whāngai, Whenua, Ahi Kā

Bush City

Mountains to Sea


Signs of a Nation
Ngā Tohu Kotahitanga

Stand-alone Exhibits

Tangata o le Moana

Made in New Zealand

Mana Pasifika

On the Sheep's Back


Past community exhibitions


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Tai Awatea – the incoming tide (tai) carries to shore new knowledge, revealed in the full light of day (awatea).

Discover more about Te Papa’s collections.
Use Tai Awatea | Knowledge Net to explore in depth the stories, people, and themes behind treasures from our current and past exhibitions.

Still more to discover
We’re still transferring all of Tai Awatea | Knowledge Net onto the web. You can access the full database when you visit Te Papa.

Past exhibitions
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Awesome Forces
How the forces of nature shape New Zealand

The story of New Zealand’s dramatic landscape and the part that earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and the weather play in its shaping.