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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
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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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A must visit museum in Picton while waiting for the ferry.

The Edwin Fox Museum is an interesting, educational museum that tells the story of a ship that brought convicts to Australia and immigrants to New Zealand. As with a lot of things... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Berkshire, United Kingdom
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Berkshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Edwin Fox Museum is an interesting, educational museum that tells the story of a ship that brought convicts to Australia and immigrants to New Zealand. As with a lot of things we found in New Zealand it doesn't promote itself as much as it should as we thought it was so amazing. There is a good video to watch... More 

Thank Sheilambutcher
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We found the museum so interesting, and guide talk great in giving us an insight into the history of the area and ship.

Thank Carol J
Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

To actually stand in the hull of a ship that transported convicts was pretty cool. You can walk around the outside as well as it is in dry dock. The video that runs gives you a bit of the history and don't forget to check the convicts list to see if any of your ancestors are on there. Lol

Thank catchfab
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Anyone going near picton needs to go to this museum. Lovely people and a wealth of information. By the time we left my wife was in love with the boat and it's history. Truly a gem

Thank jameel r
Nelson, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We really went because we had time but were soon totally entranced by the history and hardships the early travellers suffered. Being able to explore the whole ship inside and out was amazing as we could see the building materials, accomodation and conditions folk had felt as they took the journey We will definitely go again and recommend it to... More 

Thank Robin F
Grantham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

Thank Gadabouts95
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Reviewed 20 April 2017 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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Reviewed 17 April 2017

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.

Thank MaryC508
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Reviewed 16 April 2017

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 5 April 2017 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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