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Te Papa’s Collections Virtual Tour

April 24, 2020

Satisfy your thirst for knowledge with Te Papa’s collections online. Virtually tour the collection’s 800,000 botanical and zoological specimens, cultural objects, artworks, and photographs at your leisure.

Te Papa Collections Virtual Tour 1Browse Pacific artefacts, world history, photography, art, natural history, and anthropology research. There’s something to interest everyone. Discover dinosaur teeth, a mummified moa head, contemporary art, and browse the over 190,000 collection images. This is an opportunity to fully immerse yourself in Te Papa’s significant record of historic and contemporary wonders.


Visit the collection for free at https://collections.tepapa.govt.nz/. Begin by typing any word in the ‘Search the collection…’ box. For example, let’s start by typing ‘Ocean’. Then click the magnifying glass icon to search. On the left-hand side, filters will appear to support our search. Let’s tick specimen. Click on an item of interest to view a photo and more information. Click the image to enlarge it, then choose + or – to zoom in and out. The back arrow at the top of your browser will take you back to your search results.

Te Papa Collections Virtual Tour 2

Te Papa isn’t the only attraction to offer online access. Aquariums and zoos are livestreaming their exhibits, art galleries and museums have opened their virtual doors, and orchestras, theatres, and dance companies are sharing their performances online with the world. Here are some links to get you started.


Yellowstone National Park: https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/photosmultimedia/virtualtours.htm


Georgia Aquarium: https://www.georgiaaquarium.org/webcam/ocean-voyager/


Smithsonian: https://naturalhistory.si.edu/visit/virtual-tour


Sistine Chapel: http://www.museivaticani.va/content/museivaticani/en/collezioni/musei/cappella-sistina/tour-virtuale.html


Louvre: https://www.louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne


British Museum: https://britishmuseum.withgoogle.com/


Great Wall of China: https://www.thechinaguide.com/destination/great-wall-of-china


San Diego Zoo: https://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/live-cams


Aquarium of the Pacific: http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/exhibits/webcams


Broadway HD: https://www.broadwayhd.com/


Theatre: https://www.digitaltheatre.com


Zoos Victoria: https://www.zoo.org.au/animals-at-home/


Digital Theatre https://www.digitaltheatre.com


Photo by Sandy Millar and Brooke Marshall on Unsplash

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