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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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Wellington Museum reviews
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 »
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.
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