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Museum of Wellington City & Sea

Queens Wharf, Wellington, New Zealand
04 472 8904
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Ranked #4 of 145 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

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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NZ
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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

First up this place is free admission which is great. The museum is well layed out with heaps to keep everyone one entertained it interactive in parts which adults as well as children will like. The audio and visual presentations are very good overall a great place and personally found this more entertaining than Te Papa, as must see.

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Toorak, Australia
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47 reviews 47 reviews
17 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I thought this was a great museum if you are into the history of the British influence over its Commonwealth, Shipping of cargo and Wellingtons local history. Best part was the Captains cabin, and old videos of visits by British Royalty.

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Kaikoura, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The whole history of Wellington ,the tragic wahine disaster, all so well displayed.T he realistic rats in the storage room of the wharf and the cat. Perfect for anyone interested in things maritime.

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Walking on the wharf from Te Papa and found this fabulous place. Beautifully set out, excellent displays and so very interesting. Would highly recommend

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Vicenza, Italy
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27 reviews 27 reviews
21 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This was a surprise and a very nice one. The restoration they did on the building is excellent, keeping the original shape and the dark wood floors and pillars, and mixing it with very contemporary glass and metal stairs. It gives it a peculiar charm. And the exposition gives a pretty good insight not only on marine life (and disasters)... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I loved the story telling in the hologram. It was mesmerizing. The person who told us about the characters and then showed us around was pretty awesome too.

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Enjoyed that it brought history to the present day. Interactive displays were good and particularly enjoyed the video of the Wahine sinking.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Very good, excellent layout and exhibits. The short films were excellent. The hologram film was very well done and boys found it captivating.

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Melbourne, Australia
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9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

As I'm not from Wellington, I didn't expect to be interested in this museum and it wasn't on my itinerary, but I ended up here on the way to Te Papa and I'm really glad I went. Really interesting history and the whole building has a really charming atmosphere, and it was all free, though I did leave a donation... More

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