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Te Papa Tongarewa: the Museum of New Zealand

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND – Te Papa Tongarewa is New Zealand’s national museum, renowned for being bicultural, scholarly, innovative and fun. It is housed in a landmark building in the heart of Wellington, with spectacular views of the harbour. The building contains 36,000 square meters of public display space and is designed to withstand major earthquakes and protect people inside from harm. Entry to the museum is free. More information on the museum can be found at www.tepapa.govt.nz.

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Photo by Lisa Dunham

Te Papa has a separate display of different life that has existed in the world, including the ever-popular dinosaur exhibit.

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A giant ammonite, the largest ever found, shows that even shellfish were monsters in the Jurassic era.

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The first ever adult colossal squid captured intact is on display at Te Papa. Captured in February 2007 by a ship filming a fishing documentary, the squid weighed more than 1,000 pounds.

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Student Caitlin Jacques attempts to lift a dense piece of earth in an exhibit demonstrating different layers of the planet. Some of the rocks were considerably lighter than the one Jacques is lifting.

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A half-sized replica of a seismograph built by Zhang Heng in about the year 132 is on display in Wellington, a town well known for earthquakes. Heng’s earthquake catcher was designed to determine the direction a quake originated from by which dragons dropped a ball into the mouth of a toad.

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Students Kate Sammler and Andy Thompson look at a map of New Zealand to see where they are headed for their studies over the summer. Sammler is looking at Auckland and Thompson at Hamilton.

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Dan Miller, a student from the United States studying in New Zealand, pushes a granite sphere that is suspended in water. The Sponsorship Recognition Stone graces the entrance to Te Papa Tongarewa: the Museum of New Zealand.

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