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Edwin Fox Maritime Museum

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Address: 1 Auckland St, Picton 7220, New Zealand
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+64 3-573 6868
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Edwin Fox is a great example of NZ Maritime History, 161 years old this...

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, last surviving convict ship that took convicts to Australia and last wooden 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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Fascinating history

A really interesting little museum telling the fascinating history of this huge wooden ship. It had so many different owners and uses during its history. Take time to watch the... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Grantham, United Kingdom
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Grantham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A really interesting little museum telling the fascinating history of this huge wooden ship. It had so many different owners and uses during its history. Take time to watch the video of how it was reclaimed and moved to the current site, quite a feat considering the condition of the hull. The ship itself is much bigger than many that... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good value for money, alot better than surrounding attractions! Also like that fact that the money goes directly back to the society. Very interesting upstairs before the tour of the boat itself

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Hagerstown, MD
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Having discovered the history of the Edwin Fox, one would be remiss if a visit was skipped. It's the last remaning ship to bring convicts to New Zealand. And that is just a small part of its history. Maritime history buffs, including families, will enjoy it. See the short film first.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is very little to see and not worth the time or money (in my opinion!). You can see the ship from outside the museum without going in.

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

Wow not had a review like this in a long time, wondering if you actually came through museum? As you can see from previous reviews we have had great feedback and have had 4 certificate of excellences from tripadvisor over the last 4 years, so maybe assuming museums are not your thing? We have a 40 minute documentary and museum... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I've taken senior history students through here twice now. There a a small museum and then the ability to walk in and around the Edwin Fox herself. Built in 1854 it is one the the oldest serving wooden ships around. It's not in perfect shape but It gives a great impression of what sailing the high seas would have been... More 

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Christchurch, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It is fascinating and awe inspiring what can happen to even a well built wooden sailing ship if nature is left to its own devices. The ship has substantially decayed prior to its final rescue in the 1990s but still feels awe-inspiring as you can walk all around it both in and beneath the hull and see all of the... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Always more to see and find out. A fascinating look at the way things were and the history of not only an amazing vessel but the part it played in the history of New Zealand and Australia. There are wonderful examples of the conditions experienced by convicts, steerage and cabin class passengers. The introductory film is informative and the lifelike... More 

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

Thank for taking the time to review, we are glad you enjoyed it! More 

Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A story told using modern methods of a sailing ship with an amazing history. Convicts, war, tea, India, Australia, New Zealand, Cuba, China. The list is just too long to get everything in, and it's all done so well. Something for everyone including the kids. I highly recommend it and will be back given the opportunity.

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

Look forward to seeing you again! More 

Kendal, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 24, 2017

There is lots to see here, prefaced by a 30 minute introductory film. Especially fascinating are the passenger lists of people who emigrated to NZ or were transported to Australia - look for your surname! The ship itself is just a shell really, but has a certain quiet dignity.

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

Great in all weathers but yes we are all undercover so great activity for a wet day especially. thank you for reviewing us. More 

Te Anau, New Zealand
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Reviewed March 23, 2017

We visited the Edwin Fox while in Picton and found it fascinating. I was interested in the accommodation for steerage passengers and the social history and my husband was fascinated looking at the woodwork and craftmanship in the way the boat was constructed. Well worth a visit.

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

Lovely review thank you. More 

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