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Museum of Wellington City & Sea

Queens Wharf, Wellington, New Zealand
04 472 8904
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Ranked #4 of 146 attractions in Wellington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
Traveler Description: Voted one of the top 50 museums in the world by The Times, UK (2013). This is Wellington’s museum, celebrating the social, cultural and maritime... more »
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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

We took our nearly 4 yr old Grandson for a visit on a Saturday, he loved it and we had a hard time getting him away. He was spellbound by the Maori story that was beautifully and cleverly presented. Lots of buttons to push as well on the ground floor. The Captains cabin was a hit too. Us grown ups... More

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Ashburton, New Zealand
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

A lovely little museum in the heart of Wellington, which provides a lovely history of Wellington, and shows the true heart of Wellington. It doesn't have the pomp, gawdiness or exuberance of Te Papa, which makes it more of a special place. After living in Wellington for many years, this was my first visit, and we loved every minute of... More

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Dalbeattie, Scotland, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
12 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

But I won't give it all away. Go to the top floor. Watch the creation stories. Work your way back down to the 21st. century. I found the Wahine story very moving. Go visit! It's free! I made a large donation. Because it's worth it

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Absolute delight! Great to discover the history of the city and also New Zealand. Well worth a visit when in town.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

They have a mock up of the berths used by the original european settlers when they travelled by boat int he 1800s. Lovely little museum.

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Matakana, New Zealand
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The reviews really rate this place and they are all on the money. Fantastic, great history, awesome and aimed right for the kids. We all spent a wonderful 2 hours in this delightful old building and yet again - it was free!!

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014 via mobile

Excellent museum, free to enter with a donation if you wish, which we did. Informative and interesting about life in Wellington. Good displays and video stories. Staff were very helpful and made good suggestions about how to see the three floors. Well worth a visit.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

I really don't know why you would waste time at Te Papa when you can come to this museum. The Museum of City and Sea is so well presented, so informative, great mix of visual and written information, and some fascinating exhibits. It is obvious why it has been voted in the world's top 50 museums. The films are just... More

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Severna Park, Maryland
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

This small museum does it right. The displays are attractive, the stories draw you in, and you can see (just about) everything in one visit. The Maori Creation Legends are fun to watch (especially good for children), the story of the Wahine ferry disaster is heartbreaking, and the founding of Wellington (such a young city) is covered in good detail.... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
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12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Every member of the family enjoyed the exhibits, regardless if their age. Very well done. The Wahine section and short movie was very moving - it took you right there.

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