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Edwin Fox Maritime Museum
Ranked #4 of 44 things to do in Picton
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Edwin Fox is a great example of NZ Maritime History, 161 years old this year and currently listed as the 9th oldest ship in the world, the oldest surviving merchant ship, last surviving convict ship that took convicts to Australia and last wooden NZ immigrant ship and was also used to transport troops to the Crimean war.Come step aboard, go into the hull of the ship and visit the dry dock to get a real feel of the size of the ship and indeed what voyages would of been like!Open everyday group bookings and guided tours by arrangement.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 14 August 2014

We saw many really cool things in New Zealand, and this was one of my favorites (and one that I least expected). We had to kill some time before catching the ferry to Wellington and stumbled onto this museum. I think we spent 1-2 hours (because I'm the kind of person that has to read all the things), but you could get a sense of it in less time. The visitors' center is informative, and getting to walk around and in the ship is a pretty special experience. Another review noted that it is not good for people with limited mobility, which I would concur with but fortunately was not an issue for us. I don't remember what the fee was, but it wasn't astronomical. Any qualms I had about the fee were quickly dispersed given the quality and significance of the experience.

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Reviewed 13 August 2014 via mobile

The museum is hidden behind the aquarium but worth it is a visit if you have an interest in old boats or history of immigrants coming into New Zealand or convicts going to Oz.

The video describing the life of the boat was interesting to watch if not a little dated, but it does give you an amazing insight to the life and history of the boat.

Afterwards, go aboard the old wreck. It is still in remarkable condition for a ship of it's age and history.

The lady at the ticket counter was very polite.

Thank Shigamm
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Reviewed 18 July 2014

The Museum is on the waterfront, within walking distance of the ferry and Picton town centre. There is an building where the shop and internal displays are entered. This is connected through a yard to the dry dock in which the remains of the Edwin Fox sits.

The story telling was great. Used a few old fashioned tools, including story boards, models, artefacts. This might be a bit difficult for some people because it involved (dun, dun!) reading, and not entirely watching something on a screen.

While the Edwin Fox might not be a ship that is historically significant by its deeds, the museum did a great job telling the story of the importance of ships in the making of New Zealand, using the Edwin Fox as the focal point. It was really interesting.

It’s important to note that this seems to be a preservation rather than restoration of the ship, so it wouldn’t be fair to compare it to, say, the Cutty Sark (which we’ve visited). Also it’s a different scale of operation. So I think they did a really good job.

Being able to crawl around the hull, seeing how steep it is, getting a feel for how it was put together, seeing the effects of the damage it was cool.

They did a good job of recreating what it might have been like on (what was left of) the deck. This was an interesting display.

We are not really ship enthusiasts, but we found this a really interesting activity.

Our 14 year old was fascinated. He felt a bit lucky to be able to roam around the hull with such freedom, and to have a look under the hull as it sat on blocks in the dry dock. A kid with some imagination and energy would love this.

This was a good activity to do while waiting for our Mail Run cruise to set off. It took just over an hour.

The only suggestion for improvement is that the little gift shop was really inadequate. I think they need more, and newer, merchandise.

1  Thank yippopotamus
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Kjmemc, Manager at Edwin Fox Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 26 September 2014

Hi There
Glad you enjoyed your visit, we do hope to re stock the gift shop for the coming season very shortly.
The Edwin Fox has lots of fantastic stories to tell and we believe it still doesn't quite get the recognition it truly deserves.

Last convict ship left in the world that took convicts to Australia.
Last wooden immigrant that brought immigrants to NZ.
Last Crimean War Troop carrier in the world.
One of the last of the East Indiaman designed ships in the world.
Oldest merchant ship in the world.
Last ship of the Dunbar shipping fleet that once owned it, one of the largest shipping fleets in the world at that time.
In the 1980's the oldest floating ship in the world.
and now the proud owner of a world ship Trust Award for the preservation project.
Its traveled around the world approximately 34 times.

We are constantly researching the ships history and hope to add a few more accolades.
Many thanks

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Reviewed 15 July 2014 via mobile

If you find yourself in Picton with a couple of hours to spare then you should definitely check out this museum.

Rarely do you have the opportunity to wander around in the hull of any ship, not to say a historic one. Viewing the ship from below was also fascinating.

The displays were informative and engaging. The kids we saw there seemed to enjoy it too.

Thank thenew20s
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Reviewed 4 July 2014

We visited mid-June and found the whole experience absolutely wonderful, the lady on reception was delightful and very keen to answer questions, the indoor museum is fantastic, and the ship itself is an amazing experience, to actually have the opportunity to 'board' a real historic ship created a memory which will last forever (fully intend to visit again also!). Value for money is excellent, it is well worth the small $10 entry fee for the ship!

Thank boople7
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JustineInvercargil, Manager at Edwin Fox Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 10 July 2014

What a fantastic review, many thanks for taking the time, it really is a valuable contribution to helping us here at The Edwin Fox spread the word about what a fantastic attraction it is for Picton.

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