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Clever Crustaceans

8 September - 3 December 2023

Open daily 10am to 5pm

Free entry

Discover crustaceans’ smart survival tricks in this mini exhibition with real specimens and hands-on interactives.

Crabs, lobsters, shrimp – they’re Aotearoa New Zealand’s most famous crustaceans. Now meet the wider gang, from barnacles with superglue to slaters in the backyard. Explore the unique features of five marine crustaceans, and take a dive into their world.


Created by Te Papa in collaboration with NIWA Taihoro Nukurangi.

Image credit: Rock lobster phyllosoma, Alexander Semenov.