Signs of a Nation and Espresso Bar

An evening event venue at the heart of Te Papa. This dramatic, intimate space, lights beautifully at night and is perfect for cocktail parties and dinners.

Venue capacity

Signs of a Nation can hold up to 150 people for standing events, but if you need additional capacity, the nearby Espresso Bar can host another 250 guests.

Capacity charts and floor plans

View the capacity charts and floor plans for Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

Please note, these capacities are the maximum number of people, with no additional factors such as a stage or catering set-ups.

About the space

Signs of a Nation connects your guests to an important part of Aotearoa's history. A huge replica of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, our nation's founding document, provides a unique talking point for guests and a stunning focal point for the space.

The walkway that connects Signs of a Nation and Espresso Bar overlooks The Void – an artwork that travels the height of the museum – giving your event an unbeatable sense of drama.

This venue is available for evening functions as it's a public space in the museum. It's lit dramatically at night.


If you want outstanding food, our in-house chefs can accommodate anything from healthy breakfasts to indulgent degustations. Our philosophy is to nourish people and ideas with local, sustainable, and delicious cuisine. Explore the menus.

Or, head out enjoy Wellington’s world-class hospitality scene. Both our spaces are in the city centre with lots of food options nearby.

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