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Art & Heritage

Wellington Museum

Wellington, North Island

Take a walk along Wellington’s waterfront to find one of New Zealand’s  architecturally significant buildings. The Wellington Museum was recently voted as one of the top 50 museums in the world by The Times, in London. Your trip to the museum starts with the exterior building, a former 1892 Bond store on Jervois Quay restored as a museum. Four floors that tell you all you need to know about the city known as the smallest little capital in the world. Remember to check out the quirky fourth floor The Attic where the time machine narrates the past.

Open between 10.00am to 5.00pm daily.

No entrance fee.

Small gift shop specialising in maritime goods reflecting Wellington’s growth as a capital city.

The Museum is located at the heart of Wellington’s waterfront, just two minutes from Lambton Quay and the cable car. Opening hours, check with the museum for up to date information. Usually between 10.00 am to 5.00 pm. FREE ADMISSION.

For more information about buildings and self-guided tours check out Public sculptures Lambton Quay – Best Bits.


Maritime History

Enter the nautical world of ships and sailors, explorers and seafarers. Steer ships and haul cargo on board as you enter Jack’s Boathouse. Experience living in a real captain’s cabin and learn more about Pōneke’s best-loved dog, Paddy the Wanderer.

Wahine Theatre

In this emotive account of the 1968 Wahine disaster, a tragic moment in Wellington’s maritime history is shown through the eyes of noted Aotearoa filmmaker Gaylene Preston.

Von Kohorn Room

Opulence, wealth and maritime trade is clearly evident in the grand Von Kohorn Room, once the boardroom of the powerful Wellington Harbour Board. There are holographic stories of the major decisions made in this room including the declaration of Pōneke as Aotearoa’s first nuclear-free port.

The Attic

Can you see the flying saucer or fantasy creatures lurking in the suitcases and bamboo bird cages. The steampunk Victorian fantasy world is a museum experience where your imagination takes flight. Explore, listen and time travel.

Attic at Wellington Museum, Wellington, New Zealand @Museums Wellington
Attic at Wellington Museum @Museums Wellington
Wellington Museum heritage building, Wellington, New Zealand
Wellington Museum

Ngā Hau

Discover the time machine, Nag Hau as it spins, clanks its way through a holographic narrative of Wellington’s history. It is amusing, fun and nobody will forget their visit to the Wellington Museum. Nga Hau was developed by Perceptual Engineering in conjunction with Wellington Museum.

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