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“A must if you are in Picton and enjoy exploring our past”

Edwin Fox Maritime Museum
Ranked #3 of 42 things to do in Picton
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed January 17, 2012

We hadn't planned our visit but are so pleased we decided to see what it was all about. We'd seen it on TV a while back but being able to walk on board (and under the hull), look at the construction and learn the history was a great opportunity that we'll never forget. The museum collection with the video is so well done and covers the history and the events that ended with this ship in dry dock under cover. It is rather sobering seeing what the immigrants and convicts had to go through on voyages, it certainly wasn't a cruise liner.. unless you had money of course. It is a marvelous tribute to those who had the energy and devotion to rescue this rare ship from further deterioration and probable total loss.
I confess that I didn't pay attention to the access for wheelchairs, the toilets etc. might pay to call them if you need to know.

1  Thank MerlinBlaise
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Reviewed January 14, 2012

Much the same as other reviewers, young kids were bored very quick here

4  Thank Sam W
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JustineInvercargil, Manager at Edwin Fox Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded July 10, 2014

You will be pleased to know that we have over the last 2 years become very much more child friendly with free childrens' tea party days, new interactive displays and much more in the pipeline to keep kids happy and entertained on board the ship.

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Reviewed December 12, 2011

Loved being able to get into and under this ancient ship

Thank Lindyfarrell
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eddiefox, Manager at Edwin Fox Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded July 10, 2014

Thank you for your review, I m glad you enjoyed it.

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Reviewed December 7, 2011

This is a small private museum run by enthusiasts and this is reflected in the low admission charge and lack of high tech interactive exhibits; as such it is unlikely to hold the attention of young children. However taken on it's own merits this is an excellent little museum well worth an hour or twos visit for anyone with even a passing interest in maritime history or the early convict/settler history of Australia and New Zealand.

The Edwin Fox is the only survivor of the thousands of unglamorous merchant sailing ships that carried convicts to Australia and the very early settlers to New Zealand. She also carried supplies and troops to and from the Crimean War. Particularly fascinating are the details of the 240 convicts transported on the Edwin Fox, their names, crimes varying from murder to blasphemy, where they were sentenced in the UK and so on. For me it expanded on the other historic sites down under from Port Arthur to The Bay of Islands, but if this sort of thing isn't of interest then it's not for you.

Thank Ray L
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JustineInvercargil, Manager at Edwin Fox Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded July 10, 2014

Thank you for your review, I wanted to let you know that over the last 2 years we have been working hard to make some of our displays more interactive and more child friendly. we haven't gone down the hi tech route instead we have gone back to basics and created replica bunks, convict cells and even a replica toilet, we encourage our visitors to hop in and experience, we still have many more similar projects in the pipeline, so watch this space!!! Thank yo once again.

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Reviewed April 9, 2011

Just across from the Picton/Wellington ferry terminal the Edwin Fox museum is a great place to browse around while you wait for your ferry. We checked our luggage at the terminal and just wandered across to the museum. The Edwin Fox was an old sailing ship and is now displayed at the museum. There's an informative video, a number of relics and then you can explore the hull of the ship itself. A good way to spend an hour or so and much better than sitting in the terminal cafe.

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JustineInvercargil, Manager at Edwin Fox Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded July 10, 2014

We are situated in a great spot to fill in time before you catch a ferry, happy to look after your luggage too while you look around the ship and museum.

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