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Te Papa Tongarewa named in top 25 museums in the world

The national museum of New Zealand, Te Papa, has been named one of the top 25 museums in the world according to TripAdvisor.

External view of Te Papa at dusk is courtesy of Te Papa.

TripAdvisor, one of the world's leading travel sites, announced reviewers' picks for the top museums as part of its annual Travelers' Choice Awards this week.

Te Papa is placed 19th on the list which includes The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Musee d’Orsay in Paris, the State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace in St. Petersburg and London’s V&A – Victoria and Albert Museum.

Te Papa Chief Executive Geraint Martin says: “This list puts us in very fine company globally and it’s a great acknowledgement. Our visitors’ experience is one of our greatest motivators so this vote from the global community is fantastic feedback.”

“Te Papa is undertaking an overall exhibition renewal - this is an exciting reimaging of Te Papa’s permanent exhibition spaces.  The spectacular new Art Gallery, opens end of February next year to tie-in with Te Papa’s 20 year birthday anniversary. I’m looking forward to seeing where we sit on the list in several years’ time,” he says.

Te Papa has featured on this top 25 list consistently for the last four years, although this year’s accolade is Te Papa’s highest placement.

For the complete list, visit

Updated on 2nd October 2017