Capital of cool wins more kudos in the art world – top 40

Coolest little capital (as named by Lonely Planet) is home to top 40 museum

One of the world’s most popular arts publications has ranked Te Papa in its top 40 museums, above institutions like New York’s Guggenheim and the Getty Centre in Los Angeles.

The Art Newspaper, based in London, has just released its annual rankings of the world’s art museums. Te Papa’s 1.3 million visitors has earned it the 33rd highest visited in the world, and the highest ranked facility in Australasia. Exhibitions such as European Masters, Art from the Stadel Museum, E Tu Ake: Standing Strong and Brian Brake: Lens on the World attracted visitors from around the country and contributed to this success.

“This ranking cements Te Papa’s reputation as a key drawcard for domestic and international visitors to Wellington City”, says Te Papa chief executive Michael Houlihan.

Top five worldwide

  • The Louvre, Paris – 8,880,000
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York – 6,004,254
  • British Museum, London – 5,848,534
  • National Gallery, London – 5,253,216
  • Tate Modern, London – 4,802,287

For more information about the rankings, go to

Temporary art on the wall of New Zealand's national art gallery (Wellington)

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One thought on “Capital of cool wins more kudos in the art world – top 40”

  1. Yay! That’s great news for Wellington, for us Wellingtonians AND of course for the fabulous staff at Te Papa that are constantly thinking if new exhibitions for us to enjoy. And that it’s free (though donations/koha welcome) is even more impressive so you can dip in and dip out as time permits.


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