Wellington Museum, Wellington
(4.5/5 based on 800+ reviews on the web)
Take a journey through the capital's history from the earliest days to the modern metropolis at Wellington Museum. Spread over several floors of a historical Victorian building, the museum tells the story of life in Wellington through numerous artifacts, multimedia presentations, and interactive exhibits. On the second floor, dedicated to the region's maritime history, you can find a fully reconstructed ship's cabin and experience what life on the high seas used to be like. Admission is free and guided tours are available. Plan to visit Wellington Museum and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Wellington attractions using our Wellington family vacation planner.
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  • I really loved visiting this museum in the old Bond Store. Some really quirky exhibits which really humanized the story of the development of Wellington. 
  • Had a couple of hours, just looking at the displays. The entrance is by donation. The displays are awesome, with history of Wellington displayed on all the floors. The must see is the Wahine display a...  more »
  • After having spent hours at Te Papa I was happily surprised with Wellington Museum. It's much smaller and a little bit more quirky which I liked. It doesn't take itself as seriously as Te Papa and fel...  more »
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  • Amazing stories about Wellington. History for last century. Experience of day life. Highlights from history. Time travel machine is awesome. Don't forget the attic exhibit! And it's for free. I think it gives you more than e.g Weta Cave which is with admission. Good to donate a little to box before exit.
  • Great place for families. This is such a good museum. Never get bored of coming here. Exhibitions are accessible&the recently added 'Attic' is great.
  • Extremely fun little museum with lots to see. This is a spot that is well worth spending a few hours exploring. Not to be missed even though the larger Te Papa museum is just around the harbour. It still felt worthwhile and fun after already visiting the other museums.
  • Nice place to wander through. Some specific displays were quite good. Free entry.
  • A fantastic place to wander around in afternoon, the kids love it as well. And the new Attic will feed your "steampunk" sensibilities. hint: stay out of the captains cabin, icky people 'do things' in there.