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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  • October 4, 2017
    Since Te Papa came and stole all the glory I have not given the Wellington Museum a second glance. It's worth a glance though as the building is gorgeous and the exhibitions (Wellington's history focu...  more »
  • September 29, 2017
    We (2 adults, 2 teenagers) visited here while in Wellington. It was very interesting, and there are short movies/clips to watch which are informative and also interesting. A great place to visit, and ...  more »
  • September 29, 2017
    Good activity for a cool windy afternoon. Being free is the first appeal to families but I also liked the thought provoking questions. Often we take for granted what people should just know. The sound...  more »
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  • September 19, 2017
    Quite the museum! Definitely a must if you're in the area. Beautifully crafted exhibits to look at at a slow pace.
  • May 21, 2017
    An absolutely amazing and interactive museum. Very educational for adults and children. They successfully created a truly immersive experience, full of cool facts and interesting information. Nothing like the boring museums you usually see nowadays. I actually really loved this place. It is my favourite in the wellington region. It's a must go for any tourist. It's free.
  • August 11, 2017
    Can get around this place very quickly. Worth popping in if you've a couple hours spare and have an interest in Welly.
  • July 15, 2017
    Absolutely loved it. Lots of interesting items and videos. It was a great way to pass the rainy day.
  • July 17, 2017
    Free entry. Interactive museum with interesting display. Highly recommend for sarturday afternoon

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As an established, modern capital city, Wellington offers accommodations of numerous shapes and sizes. Get a harbor view at a luxury hotel by the waterfront, or enjoy simple rental rooms at one of the many backpacker hostels. Cheaper accommodation lies outside the downtown area, with motels, campsites, and RV parks providing options for those on smaller budgets, and travelers wanting to get out of town and into the rolling, green hills. Wellington benefits from a wide range of transport and a very efficient infrastructure, so you'll have access to attractions no matter where you stay.
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