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Edwin Fox Maritime Museum

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Address: 1 Auckland St, Picton 7220, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-573 6868
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: The Edwin Fox is a great example of NZ Maritime History, 161 years old...
The Edwin Fox is a great example of NZ Maritime History, 161 years old this year and currently listed as the 9th oldest ship in the world, the oldest surviving merchant ship, convict ship and NZ immigrant ship and was also used to transport troops to the Crimean war.Come step aboard, go into the hull of the ship and visit the dry dock to get a real feel of the size of the ship and indeed what voyages would of been like!Open everyday group bookings and guided tours by arrangement.
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Unique display of maritime heritage

Having read that the Edwin Fox was a must-see I visited thinking it would be musty timbers and little else. But this museum breathes shipboard life from long ago. The story of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Having read that the Edwin Fox was a must-see I visited thinking it would be musty timbers and little else. But this museum breathes shipboard life from long ago. The story of the hulk's years of semi-abandonment, its refloating and its present positioning in Picton is a worthy sequel to its earlier years of seagoing and its construction in a... More 

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Tweed Heads, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

If you are researching your convict past, this is the place to see the wonderful Edwin Fox, the last Australian convict ship in existence in the world. This is a facinating insight into the conditions experienced by our ancestors. You can clamber all over the hulk - go right down to the bottom of the ship and be in awe... More 

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Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Had never heard of the 'Edwin Fox' and our visit was made on impulse as we had time in Picton to spare. It proved to be an hour and more very well spent. The exhibition was informative and the ship itself proved to be in much better shape than we had expected. Although the project is described as an exercise... More 

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Hobart, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

It's easy to spend a good hour visiting this very rare ship that has been preserved by a team of volunteers. It's history since being built in the 1850s is very well explained and interpreted. Great attraction for all the family.

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Mosgiel, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Waiting for the ferry at Picton? Then consider checking out what international travel used to be like, on this unique hull which took 1000+ trees and consummate skill to both construct and control while sailing the oceans. Life on board must have been very tough and disciplined, but on the other hand, there were such delicacies as canned reindeer tongue... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

This was a great little museum - We were impressed with the Edwin Fox and the displays set out the vessel's history well. The actual walk into the ship is fascinating and we liked that fact that the vessel has been largely preserved but not rebuilt.

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Victoria, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Direct experience, well backgrounded with collection of artefacts and very good displays, photos, journals and the like.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Interesting local history but part of the overall history of New Zealand and the Commonwealth. Glad we decided to stop there and give it a good look around

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015 via mobile

This was a really well presented and unique exhibition well worth the NZ$15 entrance fee. Particularly interesting to read about the vessel's construction and then see it in the dry dock.

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Picton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

This was great. Seems sad that not many people even know this is here.we got cheap entry via bookme.ould defiantly recommend and it only will take you 60-90 minutes

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