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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 11 Attractions in Picton
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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... more » 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. « less
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Garner, North Carolina
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36 reviews 36 reviews
30 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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44 reviews 44 reviews
14 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Nelson, New Zealand
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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We visited mid-June and found the whole experience absolutely wonderful, the lady on reception was delightful and very keen to answer questions, the indoor museum is fantastic, and the ship itself is an amazing experience, to actually have the opportunity to 'board' a real historic ship created a memory which will last forever (fully intend to visit again also!). Value... More

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

What a fantastic review, many thanks for taking the time, it really is a valuable contribution to helping us here at The Edwin Fox spread the word about what a fantastic attraction it is for Picton. More

Ballarat, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

I'd recommend anyone to see this ship and the museum, as well as to support their work of conservation. My only reservation is that the access to the ship, and to the documentary about it, is not good for people who can't manage steps. If you can rectify either of these points that would be great.

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

Thank you for your comments, yes the access to the main display area in the museum does have stairs at this stage and this is something definitely on our to do list. We have a great ramp to get onto the main deck of the ship where there is lots of displays and info, however to get into the hull... More

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

We happened to see this in a guide book, and took a trip to the museum and ship on a rainy morning instead of getting wet on a walk. We were absolutely bowled over with the ship and all of the stories behind it. Initially there is a smallish room with some quite good displays on the full history of... More

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

I am so pleased you enjoyed your visit and the amazing stories that go with the fantastic Edwin Fox, wish we had more display area at the moment as we are constantly carrying out new research and finding out more little gems. Potential customers reading this, please ask staff about some of the new research when you visit the museum. More

Berlin, Germany
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88 reviews 88 reviews
67 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

this such a great historical piece, with great and informative exhibts, given the many details of what the ship was used for, it is also great taking a look at the boat itself

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

Thank you for taking the time to respond every Tripadvisor review and comments are appreciated. More

hawaii
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37 reviews 37 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

We spent some time in the museum one rainy afternoon. The film was informative and we had a good time.

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