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Butterflies and Insects

Butterflies and Insects

Photographic works celebrating the gift of flight and depicting majestic creatures in their natural habitats. Featuring 70 works by 24 artists.


Whales: Giants of the Deep

Whales: Giants of the Deep

Interactive, immersive, and featuring the latest in international cetacean research, Whales: Giants of the Deep is an experience that brings adults and children eye to eye with some of the world’s most elusive creatures. Developed and presented by the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. 

Photo Caption: Sperm whale, courtesy of Brandon Cole. © Brandon Cole


Extraordinary Ideas from Ordinary People: A History of Citizen Science

Extraordinary Ideas from Ordinary People: A History of Citizen Science

Opening Early Summer 2016

This new, permanent exhibition revolves around the history—and the future—of citizen science, highlighting early naturalists and the impact their work and observations had on science as we know it today. Rare books, works of art, photographs, maps, and historical documents from our Research Library will be displayed alongside plant and animal specimens and brought to life through multimedia, hands-on interactives, touchable models, and participatory experiences. 


The Machine Inside: Biomechanics

The Machine Inside: Biomechanics

Shrimp that can break through glass? Spider webs stronger than steel? See why every living thing is a machine built to survive, move, and discover, and explore how these marvels of natural engineering inspire us.