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Wellington Museum

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Address: Queens Wharf, Wellington, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 4-472 8904
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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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Fabulous afternoon

Oh my goodness what a treasure! Fantastic day out... full of things to see and do and plenty of interaction for little ones. Excellent facilities, easy parking and access for... read more

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Oxenford, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW via mobile

Oh my goodness what a treasure! Fantastic day out... full of things to see and do and plenty of interaction for little ones. Excellent facilities, easy parking and access for strollers. Only meant to stay and hour and ended up there all afternoon. Only left as closing! Highly recommend.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is very much a local history museum and surprisingly good. It doesn't get as many visitors as its better known neighbor Te Papa, but it's worth seeing, both for adults and kids. There are 3 floors and you should really start at the top. We are museum lovers and spent an hour on the third floor where there are... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Really gives you a feel for the growth of Wellington from early colonial beginnings to a modern capital city

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

An entertaining and intersting place to visit. There are plenty of staged sets recreating periods and then some really intersting quirky stuff on the upper flooors. As per a lot of Wellington's attractions this is free to get in, but well worth a look anyway.

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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Brilliant local history museum. Interesting exhibits, entertaining layout. I could have stayed for another hour, but the parking meter was calling. Plan 2-3 hours if you can. Perfect way to spend a wet Welly afternoon.

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Wiltshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent place to visit on a wet day. The ties back to the good old mother country UK are there for all to see - it was truly inspirational

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Brisbane Region, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Another free and interesting Wellington find. They do museums really well here! Fantastic exhibits and interactive activities. Highly recommend

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Lower Hutt, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is my first visit since a major upgrade a few years ago. I was quickly advised by staff to take the lift to the 3rd floor (which is all new) and to work my way downstairs; good advice. The stand-out still is the Wahine story, about the ferry that capsized entering the Harbour back in 1968..... This is a... More 

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Kerikeri, Northland, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting to wander through and to learn a bit about Wellingtons history of the docks stores. Heaps of info about ships etc.j

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really enjoyed this place. It was mostly free of tourists, but learnt alot about the history of the city, and not just the good things but also the bad. Interactive, interesting models and great staff We visited on a rainy day and lost a few hours

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