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Address: The Esplanade | Petone, Wellington 6008, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 (0)4 568 8373
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Wed - Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Fascinating little museum

The museum provides an interesting insight into the history of the Petone area. Well presented and easy to read displays set out the arrival of the first European settlers and the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 7, 2015
Peter C
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Wellington, New Zealand
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015 via mobile

It is worth visiting this museum before you go to Te Papa and get the story of the early settlers from more of a settlers perspective. It also goes onto tell the story of the areas further industrial development. Admission is free.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Have often past but this was my first visit. I was part of the Knight Family's celebration for 175 years in NZ. Landing at Petone in 1840. Great local history of the original Cornish settlers.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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15 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

The museum provides an interesting insight into the history of the Petone area. Well presented and easy to read displays set out the arrival of the first European settlers and the development of Petone, including the light industry and car assembly plants that once graced the Hutt Valley. The museum is open from Wednesday to Sunday, inclusive and admission is... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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16 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

A small museum near the sea chronicling the early European settlement in this part of New Zealand. A land of immigrants, it is worth check out to learn about the life and challenges during those times.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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31 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Friendly staff at this little museum, worth looking at the two exhibition rooms full of information of Petone early days. Very good displays.

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Bracknell, United Kingdom
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123 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

This is only a small museum but it is free and makes an interesting place to visit if you're in the area. The displays show what life was like for the European settlers who first landed in Petone. There is also information on the more recent history of the area. To be honest we thought there would be more to... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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20 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

My partner and I checked out this museum this afternoon. We had driven past this museum many times and decided to check it out today. It was very easy to get a park outside. This place is staffed by friendly staff members. There are two exhibition rooms. This museum has vast information on what Petone and the greater Wellington area... More 

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Masterton
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

This is a great little museum and definately worth visiting to learn mor too.e about the history of the early settlers. Interesting displays to view.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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36 attraction reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

This museum we pass regularly but until recently had never bothered to pop inside. It is a converted swimming changing sheds and provides an insight into early Petone from the days of the early settlers through to relatively recent times and shows some of the industry that once flourished is now gone. Free entry and is open every day

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Napier, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

I was very impressed by the fact that there was free entry, and there was a friendly lady at the entrance, telling visitors what twas where. Half of it was about the negotiations with the local iwi and the hardship that faced the first settlers. The other half was about local industry.

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