|Source: Te Papa Tongarewa|
Te Papa is New Zealand’s national museum. The name Te Papa Tongarewa is derived from the Maori language. Translated it means: ‘our container of treasured things and people that spring from Mother Earth here in New Zealand’.
The museum is renowned for being bi-cultural, scholarly, innovative, and fun. Its success is built on relationships with an ability to represent the community.
Making Collections Interdisciplinary & Interactive
The curators at Te Papa have worked to make the collections, exhibitions and events both interdisciplinary and interactive. They offer dynamic events and educational programs both for students and professionals.
The collections are arranged into five areas. These include; Art, History, Pacific, Māori, and Natural Environment. Meanwhile, the online collections allow access information to more than 200,000 objects ranging to everything from specimens collected during Captain Cook’s first expedition to New Zealand in 1769 to a costume worn by Xena: Warrior Princess.
Tales From Te Papa Photography Episodes
A search of just the photography online collection offers up nearly 48,000 objects. Enough to keep anyone busy for a while!
However, besides just creating an online collection of photographs, the Te Papa is doing some extraordinary work in the field of photography with its art objects. The Tales From Te Papa Photography Episodes includes a number of examples such as how it is using 3D photography to showcase some of the museum's items never placed on physical display. (Be sure to watch the YouTube video below to see how this amazing feat of imaging is performed.)
Coolest Little Capital’s Top Museum
Not long ago, one of the world’s most popular arts publications ranked Te Papa in its top 40 museums, above institutions like New York’s Guggenheim and the Getty Centre in Los Angeles.
When the Art Newspaper, based in London, released its annual rankings of the world’s art museums Te Papa’s 1.3 million visitors had earned it the 33rd highest visited in the world, and the highest ranked facility in Australasia.
“This ranking cements Te Papa’s reputation as a key drawcard for domestic and international visitors to Wellington City”, says Te Papa chief executive Michael Houlihan.