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Wellington Museum

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Address: Queens Wharf, Wellington, New Zealand
Phone Number: 6444728904
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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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This museum is still being 'put together' in some respects but still worth a visit. The footage of the Wahine disaster is compelling viewing.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Cambridge, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This museum is still being 'put together' in some respects but still worth a visit. The footage of the Wahine disaster is compelling viewing.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were fortunate to be part of a guided tour which proved very helpful on our latest visit. On previous occasions we have enjoyed wandering, reading details and admiring the exhibits. It is fascinating to see items from the history of our city and hear some of the background details too. Not a visit to be rushed. There is much... More 

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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great staff in recommending the highlights to see especially when you have kids with you. Good to see the differences in the vessels that plied our waters, the successes and failures/tragedies

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

Perfect for someone that want to learn and enjoy Wellington history in a short time. It is very well arranged and has lots of information to guide you through the artifacts and stories.

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My first time back at this museum for a couple of years. Attended Labour Party History seminar, well-supported by the friendly staff, and had brief look at other exhibitions. Open layout makes for easy viewing of exhibits; kids love the "wild-life" in the replica bond store section (rodents avoid sleepy cat!), moving Wahine history and other topical Wellington-related stuff. Also... More 

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Wellington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

That's probably over stating it but I think it did win some sort of award for being an unexpected gem. It's just the right size for a visit and complements the more expansive Te Papa just a stroll away. In fact don't think you have ticked the cultural box just by visiting Te Papa, further down the wharf is this... More 

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Muntinlupa, Philippines
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The second floor of the museum is still under renovation but what's available for viewing on the first and third floor made for an interesting visit on the weekday morning we were there. A souvenir shop is on the ground level before you exit. Good for a 1-2 hour visit on a cold winter day.

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Shenzhen, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you want to know more about the history of Wellington and new Zealand, this is the place. Very interesting museum, also for kids. Free entrance....So, no reason, not to give it a try :)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the Wellington museum before we went to the NZ museum and actually preferred it just because it felt more personal. The staff were extremely welcoming and friendly. The exhibitions were very interesting and entertaining. Entrance is free. Highly recommended!

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Auckland, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A pleasant small museum, with free entry. Just not worth a visit on the same day as Te Papa. As our 13 year old said: how does this place stay in business?

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