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Address: London Quay, Picton, New Zealand
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+64 3-573 8283

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Delightful people work here. Interesting, knowledgable, friendly and welcoming, there were 3 I met. We chatted about my relatives who had the General Store in Picton a long long... read more

Reviewed 11 April 2017
Tauranga, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a well setup/presented museum that does a great job of putting local history on display. Of particular interest is the focus on whaling history with plenty of artifacts, pictures and information panels. If you're lucky there may even be an ex-whaler there to give you soon eye witness history!

Thank Callum W
Tauranga, New Zealand
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

Delightful people work here. Interesting, knowledgable, friendly and welcoming, there were 3 I met. We chatted about my relatives who had the General Store in Picton a long long time ago. I came away with the promise of an emailed photo to come, and a feeling of pure joy. I had escaped from the wet day and entered another world,... More 

Thank dipage53
Canberra, Australia
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

As a previous reviewer said, there aren't a lot of attractions to see in Picton especially when it's raining, but this is well worth an hour of your time. It appears to be run by enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers who are happy to answer questions. There are many exhibits of the old Picton Hospital. Well worth the $5 entry.

1 Thank Canberra_Traveller
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017

There are not too many attractions in Picton but the Heritage & Whaling Museum is well worth 30 minutes of your time - particularly, if you want to see a wide range of local artefacts. Entrance fee is a very reasonable NZ$5 per adult and you'll be guaranteed a warm welcome. It also provides a pleasant spot to catch up... More 

1 Thank stevebG6121BX
Denver, Colorado
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 11 March 2017

You'll learn about local history, original items in exhibits. Very good stuff, one of them actually worked with the equipment on display.

1 Thank olgafzak
Renwick, New Zealand
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Reviewed 27 January 2017

Some good insights into the early days of the whaling industry in the area, with friendly and informative staff. Loved the Orca skull!

1 Thank Old_Nuffield
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Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

We looked around relatively quickly, mostly populated with quirky collections that have been donated to the museum. If you are interested in whaling there may be more to interest you.

1 Thank 553natashaw
Gisborne, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 November 2016

I was not really interesred in whale and whaling history but the rooms about history of new Zealand are fascinating. The old toilet, meds, bikes...definitely wirth 5 nzd entrance fee.

1 Thank TheGreatBumble
perth, australia
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Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

A well kept display of yesteryear found family records from the 1800's, the lady collecting the entrance fee was very helpful and lots of information of Picton and its whaling days

1 Thank anndry
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4 reviews
Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

For a regional society backed museum, Picton exceeds expectations. It is packed with genuine artifacts and full of stories about the people, families and business that built Picton and the Marlborough Sounds. Beautiful Pounamu and carvings are on display as well as whaling tools and videos. Sincerely hope their plans for redevelopment and expansion proceed with haste so this valuable... More 

Thank Gav H

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