As patron of the Te Papa Foundation, Dame Patsy and Sir David were the first guest through the doors at Te Papa Tongarewa after being closed for the longest time in its 22 year history. They weren’t the only ones eager to have a visit, many patrons were waiting by the doors for their chance to get back inside our national museum.
On arrival, they were met by the CEO of Te Papa’s board, Dame Fran Wilde, and were walked through new hygiene practices that are being implemented to keep the returning guests safe.
A maximum of 500 guests are allowed in the museum at any one time. While this is less than the normal number of daily visitors, it is a gradual return to business as usual for this national institution.