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Wellington Museum

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Address: 3 Jervois Quay, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
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+64 4-472 8904
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Wellington Museum is housed in the Bond Store, an 1892 heritage building...

Wellington Museum is housed in the Bond Store, an 1892 heritage building designed by leading architect Frederick de Jersey Clere. Set over four floors, the exhibitions tell the myriad stories of our city and region. Wellington Museum's newest permanent exhibition, The Attic, opened in late 2015. Set in the newly open to the public fourth floor, The Attic features some of the curious and quirky tales from our past. From lions to artwork, steam engines to UFO sighting flies, Vampires and a time machine (Nga Hau), the Museum shares our fascinating stories.

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Definitely worth a visit - and it's FREE

Wow! What a great museum, fantastic coverage of the Wahine disaster and many other historical things. Loved the timeline - through the years.

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Gisborne, New Zealand
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Gisborne, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Wow! What a great museum, fantastic coverage of the Wahine disaster and many other historical things. Loved the timeline - through the years.

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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Like most other NZ museums this one is well put together giving a good understanding of the history of the city.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Adult and child friendly! Interactive and interesting, something for everyone- free to enter - a good 2 hours spent

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Vero Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a small and rather low-tech museum but very carefully designed and well-focused. I visited only the ground floor but was fully engaged, as much so as at Te Papa. It's local history done exceedingly well.

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Thank David M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The quality of presentation is very high here. A lot of thought has gone into it. What we really found interesting was the short video of the Wahine disaster. Well worth a visit.

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Once again, free entry, and fabulous displays on the story and history of Wellington, including the time travel experience from before the human story began to the future! Plenty of maritime history too, including a moving film on the Wahine disaster of the 1960s, which is commemorated in Wellington each year on Wahine day. There are survivors still alive today,... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Focuses on the more recent history of Wellington, 19th & 20th century. We made a last minute decision to visit this museum, and I ended up enjoying it more than Te Papa. The ground floor exhibit with an object for every year is especially well done. The video presentation of The Wahine tragedy was very moving. Good lift access, and... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Some museums bore you within minutes. This museum will not. The displays are so creatively presented and varied that you find yourself moving from one section to another in wonder, sometimes amusement, and appreciation for the creativity used to present the subjects. Free. Nice gift shop too.

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Upper Hutt, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Like the Wahine exhibition & show - excellent and informative. It's free and a great place to visit. Lots of information about Wellington and it's associations with the sea etc.

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Brisbane, Queensland
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Wellington Museum is a must-see destination in the NZ capital and has fascinating historical exhibits. The highlight is the display on the Wahine distaster. The film is very sad and the objects from the wreck bring home scale of the tragedy. Other noreworthy sections are the top floor, with its random assortment of objects explaining various aspects of Wellington's... More 

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