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Wellington Museum

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Address: Queens Wharf, Wellington, New Zealand
Phone Number: 6444728904
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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Great for kids and adults to learn about the history of Wellington and it's culture, mostly from the Paheka side of things...kind of a Caucasian Te Papa

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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North Yarmouth Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great for kids and adults to learn about the history of Wellington and it's culture, mostly from the Paheka side of things...kind of a Caucasian Te Papa

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

When we arrived a large group of young schoolchildren arrived, not ideal for a museum visit. Fortunately we were not put off by the noisy horde. This museum was fascinating in it's detail about NZ's capital city.

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Adelaide, Australia
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A really great place with the full story of the history of Wellington and laid out in a way which draws you in. Also, it is free so what are you waiting for. Why aren't all museums as fascinating as this.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Worth 30 minutes if you are interested in nautical stuff or the history of Wellington. Just a little museum.

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Mankato, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Don't let from the front of the facade deter you from entering. As the ol' adage goes, "Don't judge a book by its cover". The exhibit space inside is FANTASTIC! Extra creative effort was put into action to make your experience entertaining, rewarding, and want you to move throughout the three floors. And did I mention it is FREE and... More 

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Newcastle, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Really enjoyed wandering around the Wellington Museum. Interesting facts & history about the city. From maritime history to the establishment of the city. A good way to spend an hour.

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Vail, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

A good history of Wellington and it's maritime history. It's on the wharf, a happening place with cafes, bars, and restaurants. Well worth an hour

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Kingscliffe
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Well curated over three floors ,with lift if necessary ,this provides not only slices of over a 100 local historical stories but fine exhibits of the period.Some interactive audio visual display also vary the delivery. Well work a visit and free.

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Gosford, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Far less crowded than Te Papa and a very interesting take on the mainly White Settlement of NZ. Te Papa is by far better if you are after the Maori experience. By all means visit both but this was much quieter and in a way better set out than Te Papa.

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Greater Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The location is ideal and easy access from the city center. The items available for display are pretty much available on all Sea Port related museums.

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