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Edwin Fox Maritime Museum

1 Auckland St, Picton 7220, New Zealand
+64 (0)3 573 6868
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Ranked #3 of 12 Attractions in Picton
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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Owner description: The Edwin Fox is a great example of NZ Maritime History, 159 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 from 9am - 3pm, group bookings and guided tours by arrangement.

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Blenheim, Marlborough, New Zealand
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

I spent quite some time looking around this museum, the old ship is very interesting and gives good detail about what is was used for and the living conditions for the different classes of travellers.

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Tamworth, Australia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

This was an eye opening way to spend an afternoon- wandering around absorbing all the information about the history of this particular ship- and of the people associated with it - the 'saving of the vessel ' the reconstruction of enough areas to enable you to picture life on board - there was much more than meets the eye- truly... More

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Silkeborg, Denmark
15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

The museum is clean and well organised. Staff and friendly and helpful. It is a nice little place to visit and with a discount from fat cod backpackers it is only 7.50$ It was an interesting story and intriguing to see what people got punished for in the 19th century (6 years for stealing trousers and 7 for an ox)... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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64 reviews 64 reviews
34 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Whether or not you're descended from anyone who emigrated to New Zealand, willingly or otherwise, in the 19th century, this stabilized, as opposed to reconstructed, 1853-vintage copper-clad teak vessel has a lot to say about what trans-oceanic travel was like in the mid-19th century. Europeans who traveled steerage to North America endured similar discomforts, and even those in far pricier... More

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Perth, Australia
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256 reviews 256 reviews
10 attraction reviews
333 helpful votes 333 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

I can't believe I've been to Picton so many times and hadn't yet visited this wonderful little museum. An ideal place to spend a less-than-perfect-weather day.

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Garner, North Carolina
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38 reviews 38 reviews
32 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Instead of restoring, they opted for maintaining. It is amazing how much remains of a wooden ship built in 1853. You can get down in the hull and see the massive timbers and the method of construction. If it had been restored--all that would be data on signs. Some of the copper skin is still in place--used to prevent shipworms.... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We saw many really cool things in New Zealand, and this was one of my favorites (and one that I least expected). We had to kill some time before catching the ferry to Wellington and stumbled onto this museum. I think we spent 1-2 hours (because I'm the kind of person that has to read all the things), but you... More

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London, United Kingdom
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18 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The museum is hidden behind the aquarium but worth it is a visit if you have an interest in old boats or history of immigrants coming into New Zealand or convicts going to Oz. The video describing the life of the boat was interesting to watch if not a little dated, but it does give you an amazing insight to... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
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32 reviews 32 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

The Museum is on the waterfront, within walking distance of the ferry and Picton town centre. There is an building where the shop and internal displays are entered. This is connected through a yard to the dry dock in which the remains of the Edwin Fox sits. The story telling was great. Used a few old fashioned tools, including story... More

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Kjmemc, Manager at Edwin Fox Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Hi There Glad you enjoyed your visit, we do hope to re stock the gift shop for the coming season very shortly. The Edwin Fox has lots of fantastic stories to tell and we believe it still doesn't quite get the recognition it truly deserves. Last convict ship left in the world that took convicts to Australia. Last wooden immigrant... More

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

If you find yourself in Picton with a couple of hours to spare then you should definitely check out this museum. Rarely do you have the opportunity to wander around in the hull of any ship, not to say a historic one. Viewing the ship from below was also fascinating. The displays were informative and engaging. The kids we saw... More

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