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“Good displays, manageable size”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Wellington Museum

Wellington Museum
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US$270.62*
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Small-Group Seal Colony and Wellington City Tour
Ranked #9 of 231 things to do in Wellington
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Wellington Museum is housed in the Bond Store, an 1892 heritage building designed by leading architect Frederick de Jersey Clere. Set over four floors, the exhibitions tell the myriad stories of our city and region. Wellington Museum's newest permanent exhibition, The Attic, opened in late 2015. Set in the newly open to the public fourth floor, The Attic features some of the curious and quirky tales from our past. From lions to artwork, steam engines to UFO sighting flies, Vampires and a time machine (Nga Hau), the Museum shares our fascinating stories.
Brisbane
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14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Good displays, manageable size”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2013

Spread over three floors, this is a good place to spend a few hours and learn about both the Maori and Pakeha histories in the Wellington region. Some good displays of artefacts as well as highly informative commentaries that are thankfully largely free of the excessive moralising that spoils so many modern museums.

Visited November 2013
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Edmonton, Canada
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“Definitely Worth A Visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2013

If you’re visiting the Wellington waterfront the City & Sea Museum is worth committing a couple of hours to. Located in the very nicely restored 1892 Bond Store on Jervois Quay the museums layout is highly engaging and the exhibits are both informative and entertaining for visitors of all ages. I was particularly taken with the video exhibits, one showing archival footage and photos of the TEV Wahine disaster and another on the Maori legend surrounding the two mythical sea creatures responsible for helping form the harbour. This museum packs a lot of weight for its relatively compact size.

Visited November 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“A great look into Wellingtons history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2013

This is well worth a visit its 3 levels are from early days to current each level has many stories, this museum is free so leave a big donation so it can continue to be free.

Visited November 2013
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Cedar Falls, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Lots of history”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2013

With a little time left over, we visited this museum and were glad of it. Lots of history of the human tide and times in New Zealand, which enriched the rest of our trip.

Visited March 2013
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“No customs duty...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2013

This old building near the waterfront is a treat. A bit oh NZ history mixed with town. Nicely done both in presentation and in writing. Go read about Paddy the 'wonder dog' (my words). No parking, but you should really be walking the waterfront anyway. Free but donations accepted.

Visited October 2013
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