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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
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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What a journey the Edwin Fox took!

Fascinating Museum!! It was very fun to climb in to the bottom of the Edwin Fox and imagine what it might have been like to actually be on it!

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Mankato, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Fascinating Museum!! It was very fun to climb in to the bottom of the Edwin Fox and imagine what it might have been like to actually be on it!

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Haslemere, Surrey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A fascinating array of artefacts demonstrating maritime life in the 19th century and the hardships endured by ship's crews, passengers and convicts alike when on passage from Europe to Australasia. The tour which, realistically, takes about a hour including some worthwhile video footage culminates in a remarkable visit to what remains of the the ship itself. As mentioned by others,... More 

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Reno, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I kind of went to this attraction on a whim, not sure if I would enjoy it. I enjoyed it more than I ever thought I would. I would suggest going with enough time to watch the entire movie, I think it provides valuable perspective on the museum pieces and the ship. Everything was presented in an attractive, enjoyable and... More 

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mandurah western australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were on a cruise, & were told that Picton wasn't worth visiting. How wrong can people be. This was our best day out in a port. Town is small, but the foreshore is beautiful. & the Markets are open on cruise ship days. So we decided to have a look at this museum. What a treasure!!! The history of... More 

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Isle of Wight
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Edwin Fox (1853) is certainly no HMS Victory, but the dedicated volunteers have achieved amazing results despite her being battered by sea and weather in Shakespeare Bay for 12 years until she was dry docked in 1999. The visitor centre has some interesting artifacts and a film telling the history of the ship. The wooden structure (mainly teak) is... More 

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Castletown, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum has a very informative video all about the ship, her working life and how she came to be in Picton. Then you can actually board her and have a good look around. Very hands on which is great. Thoroughly enjoyed all the history although I found that on one of her trips there were 2 named convicts who... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There is frankly not that much to do in Picton if you're just passing through but this is one that you should not miss. One of the oldest vessels in the world, you can feel the atmosphere and history as you tour it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went to keep hubby company as thought not my thing. How wrong, I though it amazing to be able to walk on a boat so old and with such history. Can even walk around the hull in the dry dock which was incredible. Would not be able to do it in uk that is for sure. Highly recommended.

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We only had half an hour to spare to visit this museum and ship as our ferry was due to leave but we wished we could have spent more time here. It was surprisingly atmospheric for an old wreck and very well preserved.

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Renwick, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went to see this today. The outside gives no clue to what lies within. First there is a brief history of the ship then onto the vessel itself. What an amazing experience! You really can feel what it must have been like for those early pioneers. An absolute must for anyone traveling through Picton.

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