The Great War Exhibition, Wellington

4.9
Discover more about New Zealand's role in World War II at The Great War Exhibition. Housed in the Dominion Museum in Wellington, the four-year temporary exhibit was created in 2015 by New Zealand filmmaker Sir Peter Jackson to honor those who served in the war. As you walk through, you'll experience this defining period year by year through strikingly recreated scenes, displays of artifacts and images, and more. You can also take a guided tour for a more in-depth visit. Arrange to visit The Great War Exhibition and other attractions in Wellington using our Wellington travel app .
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  • Visited with teenage son and we both found it to be informative and emotional all at the same time . A truly “ must see “ attraction whilst visiting Wellington  more »
  • This is one of the things one must do once in Wellington. 100% realistic and tourist who are interested in history and would love to know about New Zealand history can drag themselves here. A must do ...  more »
  • We had heard about this exhibition, so was a must see while in Wellington at a wedding. It was free which was an unexpected surprise, and access was very straightforward. We have some very clever peop...  more »
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  • Such a great exhibit. It was done so well...getting to walk through each year. The figures looked so lifelike I did a double take the first time. Take coins for a poppy to throw in the cemetery at the end. And the huge battle scene at the end was amazing, with so many little figurines.
  • Really worth the time! Entertaining and informative, the displays are very well curated and the information provided keeps you interested. It’s great for children 5+ and all age groups above, if you aren’t very knowledgeable you will learn a lot and if you know your WWI history you will get nice new bits and pieces. You can go through both halls in 50 minutes or less, the trenches are fun and might take 30 minutes more. The trenches require a separate ticket. There’s a nice gift-shop inside. The museum does offer guided tours, ask at the front desk.
  • Absolutely fantastic. Once again Sir Peter Jackson delivers a first class experience. As soon as we walked in we were made to feel most welcome by the young man at reception. The displays were amazing, especially the Gallipoli Campaign area. As for the Quinn's Post Trench Experience, simply outstanding. My only criticism would be that the young lady rushed us through the Trench Experience. Overall, amazing. It is a real pity that the exhibition will have to be dismantled and closed on 6 December 2018. Come on Massey University and Wellington City Council - work to keep the Exhibition Alive! Many thanks to Sir Peter Jackson and his Team.
  • An amazing and humbling experience. We have to go back to experience the whole thing it is not a one visit experience to really get it . After at least 2 1/2 hours we still hadn’t got through even the Gallipoli material, and we so want to do the Quinn interactive part, but we now know you have to book that in advance. Our predecessors came to life in the colour photos that were so painstakingly done. We honour them with enormous gratitude and respect (my family members are amongst them) but I have huge gratitude to the people who created this most wonderful memorial and tribute to our forefathers. Huge accolades to you Peter Jackson and your amazing team
  • This Exhibition has been excellent and it is such a shame that it is closing. At least some parts of it should be saved and put in another venue. It is a great tourist attraction for Wellington and New Zealand and should be kept.
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