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Wellington Museum

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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...more
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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3 Jervois Quay, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
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All reviews wahine disaster maritime history bond store te papa worth a visit free entry great history couple of hours interactive displays new zealand wellington waterfront all ages rainy day great place to visit few hours on display attic
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This is a very enjoyable museum. It is full of anecdotal historical information, often conveyed in a somewhat tongue in cheek way. Go there, relax and have "fun".

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Jules060617
Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum has a wonderful collection on the city, which will enlighten any visitor. For the size of the museum, it sure packs in a lot without feeling overwhelmed, but also offers a variety of topics, which will surely offer something for everyone.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank dpr8
Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived in Wellington for one day (off cruise ship) and was not disappointed. The New Zealanders say it's called "windy Wellington" but didn't find it so, as the sun was shining and very warm. We decided on the museum as the Terracotta Army was...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank mintbags5
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had some spare time on my hands so called in. Friendly staff helped me on my way. A great deal of Wellington and Wellington maritime history. I easily spent a good 2 hours wandering around. Most interesting history.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Abspan1
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great museum about the history of Wellington with some fun, high tech exhibits. I especially enjoyed the 3d theater that told stories/ledgends of Maui. It was first class. The time machine in the attic was also well beyond my expectations for a small museum. It...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank HammerLory
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

a new place for me and I will be returning. A lot of local and NZ history very well displayed and explained.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank peter_minchin
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum contains a real mish/mash of items and presents them in an interesting way. Not heavy on exposition or convoluted stories but has a number of enjoyable exhibits on local life.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 547PeterC
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While Te Papa gets all the publicity and glory, the Museum of Wellington is also outstanding. Focusing on the settlement and history of Wellington it is well laid out and chock full of interesting exhibits and information. The 100 years exhibition on the ground floor...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Ed R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely little museum right on the waterfront. The Wahine disaster exhibit is a real tear jerker. Free entry. Allow 2 hours.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Y8808JGdavidt
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Unassuming from the outside but surprisingly big when your exploring. The building is made up of four levels which are accessible to all. Again apart from the exhibits the building itself is stunning and really takes you back to a bi-gone era. Original wooden floors,...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Lori A
January 27, 2015|
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Response from Lori A | Reviewed this property |
Yes is Te Papa! I have not been to the Wellington Museum. Sorry the error.
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Alison M
Ipswich, Australia
Bus from Wellington Museum to Aotea Quay about 5pm 15 Dec (1 Replies)
I have searched the net, but can't find what I am looking for. On Fri 15 Dec We need to catch a bus from Wellington Museum back to the cruise ship at Aotea Quay. We will be walking most of the day, so want to bus back to the ship. Can anyone assist? Even if pick up and drop off is in the vicinity of both is fine. Many thanks.
October 02, 2012|
Response fromLuigi A|
Probably best to ask this one on the Wellington forum here: tripadvisor.com.au/ShowForum-g255115-i911-We…
Alison M
Ipswich, Australia
Bus from Wellington Museum to Aotea Quay about 5pm 15 Dec (1 Replies)
I have searched the net, but can't find what I am looking for. On Fri 15 Dec we need to catch a bus from Wellington Museum back to the cruise ship at Aotea Quay. We will be walking most of the day, so want to bus back to the ship. Can anyone assist? Even if pick up and drop off is in the vicinity of both is fine. Many thanks.
October 02, 2012|
Response fromSelsy|
There are generally buses provided on cruise ship days that will take you back to the ship. They leave from Brandon St, which is a couple of blocks away from Wellington Museum of the City and the Sea.
StacieD313
Detroit, Michigan
Where to stay? (6 Replies)
Hello, I've spent a lot of time searching the forum and looking at hotel reviews, but I'm just not confident that I have a good enough feel for the city to decide on a place to stay. I am looking for advice on accommodations for when my husband and I visit Wellington Aug. 11-14. We will be flying in and out with no car and we want to be close to restaurants and nightlife. Attractions we are considering are the cable car, Te Papa/Wellington museum, and the botanic garden, so it would be...More
July 01, 2018|
Response fromtropicalsundae|
As far as location goes, any of the central city hotels are close to where you want to be and are around a 15 minute walk to anywhere else! You could look at the James Cook, Novotel, Ibis, Amora, Boulcott Suites, Rydges, QT Museum Hotel. All of these are in a location that you would be able to walk to wherever you wanted to go and all are nice hotels. The Botanic Gardens and cable car are closer to the Lambton Quay/Terrace hotels (James Cook, Novotel) and the Amora and Museum Hotel more...More