Throughout Te Papa
Family; People and history
Throughout Te Papa you will find some outstanding exhibits that are displayed on their own outside the exhibitions. They are of special interest because they show unique or unusual aspects of New Zealand’s identity and history.
The Endeavour cannon (Level 3) and de Surville’s anchor (on the wall inside the Entrance, Level 1)
These link with Cook’s and de Surville’s voyages to the Pacific and the first significant contacts between Māori and Europeans.
More about the Endeavour cannon in our collections
More about de Surville's anchor in our collections
Phar Lap (Level 4)
Phar Lap was a legendary racehorse and an adored animal hero for a generation of people in New Zealand (where he was born and brought up) and Australia (where he mostly raced).
Phar Lap in our collections
Phar Lap on our blog
More about Phar Lap, presented by What Now (video, starting at 1.51 minute)
Tiger Moth (Level 4)
This aeroplane has a key place in the story of aerial topdressing - the technology that revolutionised New Zealand’s agriculture.
More about the Tiger Moth in our collections
Caption: DH82a Tiger Moth, ZK-AJO, 1941, de Havilland (NZ) Aircraft Co. Ltd, Wellington. Purchased 2009. Te Papa.
Britten motorbike (Level 4)
The Britten Bike is currently off the floor, and will return next year. In its place is a fearsome-looking Tyrannosaurus rex skull as part of Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family.
This bike tells the story of a genius inventor who put together in his home workshop in Christchurch a racing machine that took on and beat bikes from the world’s biggest and best manufacturers.
More about the Britten bike in our collections
Keep your eyes open for these treasures as you explore Te Papa.
Phar Lap image credits: Horse, Equus caballus, collected 05 Apr 1932, Menlo Park, California, United States of America. Gift of DJ Davis and HR Telford, 1932. CC BY-NC-ND licence. Te Papa (LM000760)