News | 11 October 2021
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Surrealist Art: Wellington Free Day

Wellington City residents will be able to enjoy a couple of free days at Te Papa’s Surrealist Art exhibition on 18-19 October 2021.

Mae West Lips Sofa by Salvador Dalí at Te Papa Surrealist Art Exhibition
Mae West Lips Sofa by Salvador Dalí at Te Papa Surrealist Art Exhibition

To celebrate Wellington City Council’s relationship with Te Papa, Wellington City residents are eligible for free entry into the Surrealist Art exhibition at Te Papa on both days.


The free days will take place between 10am-7pm with the exhibition having a timed entry. The first session starts at 10am, and the last is at 6pm (closing at 7pm).


Tickets are only available at Ticketek. Only two free tickets per person.


COVID Alert level restrictions will be in place so will reduce the number of visitors in the exhibition space significantly. Restrictions will be managed by timed ticketed entries and with viewing time limited to one hour from your entry time.


In the past, free days have been extremely popular, and entry tickets go fast – so get in early.


Who is eligible?

The event is open to Wellington City residents to acknowledge Council's support of Te Papa. Residents living in rental properties are also eligible for free entry. Hutt and Porirua residents are not eligible for a free ticket as they do not pay their rates to the Wellington City Council. Check out this map (PDF 340KB) for all the ward boundaries.


Where can I get tickets from?

Tickets can only be booked through Ticketek and are available now. Printouts or QR codes redeemed at Te Papa on the day. The exhibition is located on Level 4.


How many tickets can I get?

Each resident is entitled to two free tickets.


How long does each session last?

Sessions will run for 1 hour maximum. The first session will be at 10am and the last will start at 6pm.


Will audio guides still be available?

Audio guides and catalogues will be available for purchase on the day.


Can I still buy a ticket on the day?

No, unfortunately due to limited capacity due to Alert Level 2 restrictions we are unable to allocate tickets for purchase for visitors who are not eligible to enter for free as Wellington City residents.


How do I find out more about the exhibition?

Visit the Te Papa Surrealist Art Exhibition page.