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“Historical and Welcoming” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Wellington Museum

Wellington Museum
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$276.84*
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Small-Group Seal Colony and Wellington City Tour
Ranked #9 of 229 things to do in Wellington
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Forbes, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Historical and Welcoming”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2013

What a treasure trove! Loved the timeline of exhibits with a blend of both visual, written and in some cases aural components. Very impressed with the Wahine Disaster Film and the Millenium Ago which featured Maori myths and legends.

Visited May 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Deserves it's latest accolade”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2013

Well positioned in the old Bond Store on the waterfront, this is an interesting and clearly presented look at Wellington's history.
The "Wahine" exhibit is very well done.

Visited May 2013
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
“Greatly enjoyed by young and old”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2013

Granny,three year old twins and parents all enjoyed this museum. The kids enjoyed steering the ship, and the wahine video and maori mythology keep the adults interested.

The gift shop has a good selection of things. Recommended for a free day out.

There is a lift to on the left hand side of the building if you want to avoid chairs. Everywhere is wheelchair accessible except entry to the ship captains cabin which has a lip on the door (to avoid water getting in when it was actually on a ship I assume!)

Visited May 2013
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“hidden gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2013

Despite having grown up in Wellington and visiting at least annually since I left, I had never visited this museum before and was more than pleasantly surprised-it's well worth a visit.
We were pressed for time (and it was one of those perfect Wellington days where you really need to be outside along the waterfront) but I will make a point of going again on my next visit.
There's an interesting year-by-year display of local events, other displays about early Maori and European settlement and plenty of naval info including hands-on exhibits. Some very innovative ways of presenting information.

Visited May 2013
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Spring, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Nice little museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2013

Just down the street, you can walk along the water, from Te Papa is this little museum. It had a wonderful exhibit spanning each year from the 1900-2000. Very interesting. The upper floors cover exactly what the museum is titled, the history of the city and her relationship w/the sea. If you enjoy naval history this is a nice little museum to visit.

Visited May 2013
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