Shi Lu: The Literatus vs. the Revolutionary

Shi Lu, Horses drinking at Yan River – study from nature, 1960, ink and mineral pigments, Beijing: National Museum of China, Gift of Shi Lu’s family 2012

This Friday at 12.30, Professor Yiyan Wang, a specialist of modern Chinese art will share her insights to the work of Shi Lu currently on show at Te Papa. She provides some thoughts on his art in the following blog. Te Papa Museum is currently showing the paintings and calligraphy of Shi Lu. Who is… Read more »

Le vaiaso o le gagana Sämoa (Sämoan language week) 2014

“Taofi mau i au measina: Hold fast to your treasures” is the theme for Sämoan language week 2014. Indeed, looking after cultural treasures is a significant part of Te Papa’s role in the community. We develop collections of cultural artefacts from the ordinary to the extraordinary, from the very old to the very recent. We share the… Read more »

Newtown Kindergarten studies spiders at Te Papa

  • Examining the spiders in the resin blocks, Photographer: Newtown Kindy, © Newtown Kindy
  • Phil and his tarantula! Photographer: Newtown Kindy, © Newtown Kindy
  • Sharing stories, Photographer: Newtown Kindy, © Newtown Kindy
  • Meeting Rebecca and Phil at Te Papa, Photographer: Newtown Kindy, © Newtown Kindy

This blog provides an excellent opportunity not only for us to share with you, but  for you to share with each other. How do you use our museum as a learning resource? What do you find to be best practice? Why are museum and gallery experiences important for your tamariki? Our latest story comes from kaiako (teacher) Charlene from Newtown… Read more »

Elephant bird DNA reveals that the Kiwi is not an Aussie

Alan Cooper holds a giant elephant bird leg bone in front of a kiwi skeleton for media as Alan Tennyson looks on. Photo: Jean-Claude Stahl © Te Papa

A study published in the journal Science today reveals a new and unexpected origin for New Zealand’s iconic kiwi and overturns the previous idea that the ancestors of kiwi flew directly over from Australia (see Miocene fossils show that Kiwi are probably not phyletic dwarves, Paleornithological Research 2013, and St Bathan’s kiwi – NZ Birds Online). … Read more »

New Zealand’s own Roswell?

Aberhart - Riverton

In 1947 silvery pieces of wreckage were found in a field near Roswell, New Mexico. They were quickly confiscated by personnel from the Roswell Army Air Field base and a rumour that an alien spacecraft had crash landed soon spread. But with little evidence the story didn’t go far until 30 years after the event… Read more »

Tschüss, Deutschland!

  • AG Besprechung Heidi Bernhard Dirk jpg
  • AG Besprechung Niklas Christoph Janina jpg
  • cycling in Oldenburg
  • Humboldt_meeting_photo

That is the informal way of saying “Goodbye, Germany!” in German. My time as Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow in Oldenburg has now come to an end, and I wanted to share a few reflections on my experiences in Germany. The last several months of the fellowship were a flurry of activity on all fronts…. Read more »

10 days left to find ferns and win!

Mamaku, Cyathea medullaris. Photographer: Leon Perrie © Te Papa

You’ve only 10 days left to enter our Find ferns and win! competition. Entering is easy – find a New Zealand fern, take its picture, and send the picture to us; more details below. What can you win? Each fern picture gets you in the draw to win either one of these books from Te Papa… Read more »

My Curioseum Overnight Adventure

A uniform that once belonged to New Zealand Premier Richard Seddon startles in the textile storeroom.

In late March, Te Papa hosted 20 young aspiring authors and illustrators for a sleepover. Held in association with the New Zealand Festival Writers and Readers Week, the sleepover celebrated the launch of The Curioseum: Collected Stories of the Odd and Marvellous edited by Adrienne Jansen and published by Te Papa Press. Find out more… Read more »

Confusing Circles Captured on Northland Night

ELJ - night sky spiral

From 1956 artist and photographer Eric Lee-Johnson began photographing the night sky near his Northland home of Waimamaku. He generally used time exposures, where the shutter is held open from anywhere between seconds to hours. With longer exposures the stars show up as trails formed by the rotating motion of Earth. Aiming the camera at… Read more »