Wellington Museums, Arts and Culture

Wellington is the heart of New Zealand’s art and culture scene. Home to countless creatives, artists and musicians, the city is a hub of entertainment, thought, and taste. To take in artworks from a unique combination of international and local talent, save some time to immerse yourself in the Wellington art and culture scene.

Key sites to visit include the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, the City Gallery, and Wellington Museum. Depending on what you find interesting, consider making a trip to the Great War Exhibition, the Cable Car Museum, the Dominion Museum, or the Dowse Art Museum.  

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa is New Zealand’s national museum and art gallery, home to many hundreds of artefacts and artworks painted and sculpted by homegrown Kiwi artists. Known by the locals simply as Te Papa, its full name translates loosely as ‘the place of treasures of this land’.

City Gallery Wellington

The City Gallery Wellington is recognised for being a significant contributor to Wellington’s perception as the arts and culture capital of New Zealand, with hundreds of artworks by local artists adorning its many halls. Regular rotating exhibits spotlight specific artists and give them a platform to communicate with an audience.

Wellington Museum

Located on Queens Wharf at Jervois Quay, the Wellington Museum provides a first-hand history of the founding and growth of Wellington as a city. If you have an interest in local history, you won’t want to miss getting to visit this iconic Wellington institution, which still stands in a heritage building designed by Frederick de Jersey Clere back in 1892.