Wellington Museum, Wellington

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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. Use our Wellington planner to visit Wellington Museum on your trip to Wellington, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Went here after Te Papa and by comparison it is quite small. However, it is also very interesting and concentrates on the Wellington area.  more »
  • We were attracted to visit this museum by its advertisement claiming it had been mistaken to be Te Papa for many years. Currently under construction, but there are still many excellent displays open....  more »
  • A neat little Museum right next to the TSB Arena. Good selection of exhibits and a brilliant little museum shop.  more »
  • The Wellington Museum houses an interesting display covering the history of Wellington from first settlement to current day. There are interactive exhibits and the time capsule in the attic is fascinating. Being able to touch exhibits and interact with them made the experience so much more interesting than the old stuffy museums I have been used to visiting.
  • Really liked the mix of older and newer Wellington history. Everything is well laid out with lots to see without being cluttered. Heaps of audio to listen to around the exhibits. The building itself is historic with its own story. The staff were friendly and helpful, And of course there's a good little shop at the end.
  • Even though we have been here several times, we are still finding new things to explore. So many fascinating artifacts and bits of history. The fact that Wellington is my home makes it even more interesting! I found some of the first things from the Absolutely Positively Wellington campaign today and had no idea it all started so long ago, way back in 1990! Well done team 😇
  • A plumbago-coloured museum full of NZ nautical history, wonderful artefacts and records, located centrally on the Wellington Waterfront and a popular, tourist destination. It is very close to the Central Station and bus hub in Bunny Street should you choose to come by train/bus from the north.
  • Interactive and fun! So much information delivered really well, so well that my kids went 2 hours and were sad that we had to leave! Better than Te Papa!

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