17 Dec 2008

Te Papa attracts 15 million visitors in 10 years

8:30 am on 17 December 2008

A total of 15 million people have poured through the doors of Te Papa in the 10 years it has been open.

A little more than nine million visitors were New Zealanders and almost six million were from overseas.

The national museum says it had succeeded in attracting more Maori, Pacific Island and male visitors than traditional museums.

Exhibitions next year will include Monet and the Impressionists, and Formula One.

Last week 2000 people saw a 4.2 metre colossal squid exhibition.

The 4.2 metre creature was caught by a New Zealand fishing crew in the Ross Sea in the Antarctic last year.