Wellington Museum


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The Museum holds thousands of objects unique to Wellington that traverse its history.

Wellington Museum shares the fascinating stories of the Wellington region, located in the beautiful 1892 heritage building designed by leading architect Frederick de Jersey Clere.

From store house to story house, the Museum holds thousands of objects unique to Wellington that traverse its history. Visitors are greeted by a recreation of the old bond store before learning more about some important moments in Wellington's recent history.

On the upper floors, visitors can explore Maori legends, the history of the city and its maritime connections.

Maritime History exhibits include Jack’s Boathouse. where you can experience living in a real captain’s cabin and learn more about Wellington’s best-loved dog, Paddy the Wanderer.

The Wahine Theatre recounts an account of the 1968 Wahine disaster, a tragic moment in Wellington’s maritime history is shown through the eyes of noted New Zealand filmmaker Gaylene Preston.

'A Millennium Ago' tells Māori Stories from Way Back useing intriguing theatrical illusionistic techniques to tell Māori creation legends.

On the top floor you can check The Attic, where you’ll find quirky and fascinating exhibits that showcase Wellington’s colourful past, present and future.

The Attic features a time machine, Ngā Hau, which combines the magic of cinema with installation art. Ngā Hau takes you on a journey through Wellington’s history, where you meet significant characters who share their stories with you in a captivating format.

Opening Hours:

10.00am to 5.00pm every day, except Christmas Day.


Free entry. Bookings are essential for all schools and tour groups. Charges may apply.


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Queens Wharf, 3 Jervois Quay , Wellington City

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