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Museum of Wellington City & Sea

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Address: Queens Wharf, Wellington, New Zealand
Phone Number: 04 472 8904
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Description: The heritage of Wellington is displayed through exhibits that cover the...
The heritage of Wellington is displayed through exhibits that cover the city's Maori roots to its modern mores.
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Nice little museum

Presently the museum is under renovation and expansion, but it open. The exhibits are very interesting and well designed, but do require standing and reading to get the best... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Went in with ample time to browse around and enjoyed reading and learning. But alas, half and hour before closing time lights were being dimmed and staff were getting ready to shut up shop. Won't bother coming back.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Presently the museum is under renovation and expansion, but it open. The exhibits are very interesting and well designed, but do require standing and reading to get the best benefit. Plan on a couple of hours for the best experience. We didn't have a long time for our visit, but will plan to return and take more time when next... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Spend a few hours exploring Wellington in years gone by, where the water flowed and of course the 'Wahine' tragedy. Great for families of all sizes and ages.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

We went on a Sunday when they had great jazz playing down the back. It was an interesting into to the saga of sea travel and makes one appreciate this link as both an economic strength and tragedy in some circumstances. It's hard not to enjoy the depth of stories about historical items used as triggers to so many social... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

A good way to learn different parts about NZ (probably more interesting for the local than the traveller, unless the traveller is particularly into nautical history, colonisation etc). Awesome to be able to leaf through actual shipping logs, a good account of some of Wellington's union history, and just a different pace from the national museum down the road. More... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Ended up heading in here with a few young lads to keep them busy on a rainy day. Im a bit of a history and maritime geek so enjoyed the film of the sinking of the Wahine while the boys enjoyed exploring and pretending they were seafairing men posing with the displays and seeing how things used to be done.... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

It is a very good place to visit on especially a rainy and windy day - normal weather it seems. Under renovation when we visited so some of the exhibits were not accessible. It provided a very history of Wellington.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

We did not get good weather for our visit to Wellington and the planned cable car trip was cancelled as pointless with the hills covered in mist. So we got wet wandering around the harbour area and then spotted the Museum. Just the job! Especially with free entry although we did donate. Not to big not too small so we... More 

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Blenheim, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

This is a great show for all ages - a real insight to the history of the Wellington Wharf and the surrounding area and maritime back ground.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Currently in the middle of some major renovation but well worth 30-60 minutes. Has a great dockside exhibit and a room with panels around the walls on events in Wellington every year from 1900 onwards - marked by personal stories and exhibits (many of them are interesting to read). It's also a very quiet museum with friendly staff at the... More 

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