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Petone Settlers Museum

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Address: The Esplanade | Petone, Wellington 6008, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 4-568 8373
10:00 - 16:00
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Wed - Sun 10:00 - 16:00

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Small but informative

This small museum has a lot of history for Petone. Not large, but as free entertainment goes, put it on your list :)

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Wayne P
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This small museum has a lot of history for Petone. Not large, but as free entertainment goes, put it on your list :)

Thank Wayne P
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

When staying in Petone my daughter and I went to the Settlers Museum, it was well worth the visit, being able to see of the history of the past and learning about Petone and the surrounding area. Also those in attendance were very informative with information on history of the area. It is a place worth taking the time to... More 

Thank Keith H
Sydney Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

The museum is located about a block away from the main shopping centre and bus stops on Jackson St. It is located on the waterfront and has recently been refurbished. It is located in an old bathing pavilion with two rooms set up with two different exhibits. We found the exhibit detailing the former industrial history of Petone particularly interesting.... More 

Thank westernsydney
London, United Kingdom
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33 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

This museum sits right on the foreshore and so you get blown about a bit as you go in to the gorgeous refurbished building. There may not be a vast amount of artefacts here but it contains some really important historical information about the New Zealand company and especially the Wakefield settlement. Usse your imagination to get a real picture... More 

Thank Catherine C
Wellington, New Zealand
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22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

A great little museum on the foreshore of Petone. Discover the history behind the first settlement in this area of "boat people" . The building itself has a great history and the caretaker of the day is very informative. Great for all ages to experience.

Thank mary s
Lower Hutt, New Zealand
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58 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

I recently took my 3 children aged 7, 9 and 10 to visit. We were welcomed by one of the staff who showed the children through a replica ship's cabin. We then strolled through the 2 wings enjoying the history from the early settlers through to more recent times. The video on Unilever's was particularly moving. Overall it was interesting... More 

Thank taylorkn
Lower Hutt, New Zealand
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35 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2015

A lovely walk on the Petone foreshore,came across Settlers Museum.Inside was lovely,plenty to read about and get you thinking.

Thank alan h
Wainuiomata, Wellington, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2015

Visited with my family over Labour Weekend 2015. It is a small attraction and does not require more than half an hour to an hour of your time. It is interesting to visit at least once. It is free though you are welcome to leave a donation. There is lollies and ice creams for sale if you visit with children,... More 

Thank MegJean
Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
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56 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2015

Excellent small museum divided into three parts - the settlement of Petone, the industries of the area and a WWI-focused display on George Shackleton Hooper, a local lad who died just 22 during the Battle of the Somme in September 1916. Anyone interested in where they live or where they visit should take an hour or so to visit. The... More 

Thank Carol O
Wellington, New Zealand
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21 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2015

At the present time the presentations are in two parts. One is all the industries that used to exist in Petone. The second is the documented arrival of the first settlers on Petone Beach. I am not a history person but loved it all.

Thank Maggisd

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