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Museum of Wellington City & Sea

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Address: Queens Wharf, Wellington, New Zealand
Phone Number: 6444728904
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Description: 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 three floors - with a fourth, The Attic due to open in late 2015 - the Museum shares some of the fascinating stories of the Wellington region.
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Awesome little museum

Really cool building with lots of local historic artifacts. Loved the maritime displays. Definitely a journey back in time.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Really cool building with lots of local historic artifacts. Loved the maritime displays. Definitely a journey back in time.

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Wanaka, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

I go back again and again and discover something new each time. I look forwrad to going back when level 3 is complete. A must in Wellington

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Fron Paddy the famous dog to Jackvthe dolphin, museum og Wellington is the house for many historical stories. Sadness of Wahine disaster -it is possible to watch black and white films anđ see what's left-joy of early aviation, digitalised Maori legeds... (My favourite is the dolphin movie by 19 century frenchmen)

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Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Good for a history of the city - the timeline of the display showing the evolution of Wellington was very informative and interesting and beautifully laid out. Will be terrific when the upgrade is finished.

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Riverton, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We called in here on the off-chance as we had an hour or so to spare and were really glad we did. The museum is housed in the old bonded warehouse and the lower floor tells the story of Wellington via a timeline of objects and stories - it was fascinating. The second floor was maritime history and, again, had... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Went with friends, not usually a big museum person but was genuinely surprised. Very informative and engaging, a lot of interactive displays, also free! Definitely worth a visit.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

The first level of the museum is dedicated to a timeline of Wellington's history in little snippets that are very informative, and with some years are even interactive. This was really interesting having lived in Wellington for two years and walking out with an extensive knowledge of Wellington's history. On the second floor there is also a cabin on a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Helpful staff and in our opinion two excellent exhibitions - The Wahine disaster and the dangers of the Cook Strait AND the careful reproduction of one of the early ships travelling to NZ But many other worthwhile artefacts

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

I loved this one. so interesting, and I especially liked the short film about The Wahine disaster in 1968. also the display and story of the Watersiders strike.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

This is a lovely little museum, located by the harbour. Entrance is free and while the building is currently being renovated from the outside, the museum, or most of it, at least - is still available. The museum showcases the bond store and features quite a few, mostly maritime exhibits. 30-60 minutes would give you enough time to explore this... More 

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