Katherine Mansfield House and Garden

Katherine Mansfield House and Garden

Katherine Mansfield House and Garden
4.5
Speciality MuseumsHistoric SitesGardens
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Enter the 1888 home of a fashionable colonial family and discover the world and writing of internationally acclaimed New Zealand writer Katherine Mansfield at her birthplace. Enjoy a heritage garden and changing exhibitions. Open Tuesday to Sunday. Entry fees apply, guided tours by arrangement. Reopened October 2019 following redevelopment.
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JElliot32
New South Wales, Australia3,914 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
If one purpose of a historic house is to provide the visitor with a thirst for more information on the former resident, this museum is a runaway success story. I left wanting to know more about Katherine Mansfield and to familiarise myself with her writing. The famous NZ author only lived in the house for the first 4-5 years of her life, so the connection to her is actually a little slender. But the museum's curators have done a superb job in recreating the building as it was in about 1900 by removing post-Victorian era additions like bay windows. Scrapes of original wallpaper have been revealed to indicate the original colour schemes. The furnishings and household items from the times when the Beauchamp (Mansfield's maiden name) family lived in the place have long gone, but again the curators have done a brilliant job and assembling pieces from the Victorian era that set off the house perfectly. To me though the house's highlight was the timeline of Katherine Mansfield's life set out around the walls of one of the upstairs bedrooms. She led an extraordinary (if short) life that makes compelling reading
Written 14 April 2023
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PeanutWellington
Wellington, New Zealand886 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Friends
For those who know and care about her writing and her interesting life story, it is a Mecca with hints of Prelude shining through the coloured glass windows or the yellow soap in the scullery. It is surprisingly small for the size of the family and faithfully restored to what it must have been like in the day. For those who don't know her or her work, it is another museum house to visit - do some research before you go to get the maximum enjoyment from it.
Written 1 March 2015
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lindakT6651GZ
25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Solo
I spent a happy 1 1/2 hours here & had the place almost to myself. Some of the knick knacks reminded me of things in my grandmother’s house e.g the Victorian stone hot water bottles. You can walk around on your own and see all the old furniture, dolls, rocking horses, toys etc used by the Beauchamp family. I found the
50 min video interesting. Katherine was a friend of D.H. Lawrence and Virginia Woolf and was in with the Bloomsbury writers. You can buy her books (among other souvenirs) in the shop there. The front and back gardens are small but pleasant. It’s easy to walk to the house from the central district. The staff at the desk are nice and and can answer your questions about Katherine. She lived here for the first 6 years of her life.
Written 15 January 2019
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GGs Reviews
Wellington, New Zealand47 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Nothing to ride home about. I found it boring. The garden is simple and not a show stopper so, garden lovers like me perhaps expect too much when the word "garden" is used in a title! It takes no more than 10-15 minutes to walk through the house and its not an ideal thing to do with little ones because the temptation to touch is great. I suppose that native NZs hold so much esteem for this writer that the museum holds more value to them but for me, an immigrant, it didn't quite do anything for me.
Written 17 August 2021
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gmacman
Auckland Central, New Zealand29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Solo
If you are interested in old NZ houses, this is definitely worth the effort, quite apart from its literary associations. Authentically restored and furnished, and with a room with a lot of information about Katherine Mansfield herself. Recommended
Written 22 December 2017
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Ciganinha
Chicago,IL289 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Couples
Visiting her house put a place into my memories of childhood books, like t"he african farm", "doll house" the three little pigs" the site is well kept and almost the same as was back to 1888, few im elements was necessary, like heat and air conditioning, but done in very discreet way, so no "eye sore" will bring you to present.
Written 13 February 2016
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whimsyfirst
Wellington, New Zealand36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Couples
Seek out the Katherine Mansfield Birthplace during your visit to Wellington. The film about her life gave me insight into Mansfield's writing. The house, with its Victorian aesthetic, evokes the cultural setting from which Mansfield developed. I bought the Collected Stories in the gift shop, and I can see that Mansfield is the reason New Zealand literature is so strong in the short story genre. She set the standard for all subsequent writers.

The Birthplace is at the far end of Tinakori Road. We walked from the Botanic Garden, around 20 minutes, but the best route on foot is from Parliament and Old St. Paul's. After our visit, we toured Old St. Paul's and lunched at the Thistle Inn.

Written 7 February 2016
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JillMM_NZ
Christchurch83 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Friends
This was a charming way to fill in a rainy weekday afternoon. Just down the road from an interesting selection of shops and good coffee at Leafee Cafe on Tinakori Rd in Wellington, the home and birthplace of Katherine Mansfield has been lovingly restored.
We were met by a Katherine Mansfield enthusiast, who happily explained the history of the house and offered to answer any questions we might have. We did have a few, and she did have the answers.
The house is not huge, because the house is as it was...not huge. If you know Katherine Mansfield's work, you will find it particularly interesting, and if you do not I still think there is enough of interest in the restoration of the cottage.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/local-papers/the-wellingtonian/features/8678686/Tinakori-Rds-illustrious-history
Written 14 April 2015
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TiggerTalk
Adelaide, Australia69 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The house where Katherine Mansfield was born provides a great little snapshot of life in Victorian times an insight to the life of this famous NZ author.
Written 31 March 2015
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Kayleigh_M_Williams
Caerphilly, UK754 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
This house is very interesting as it is decorated in all the relevant wallpaper and colour that would of been used in 1800's. This house is prosumed to be where Katherine was born although it has never been proven as the family moved out of the house when she was 4 .

There are many pictures and it allows you to see what life was like back in 1800's and maybe a glimpse of what Katherine's life was like. We had a tour around the house which was very informative my main downfall for this experience was our guide was very opinionated even making the whole of the British population into war mungers as a tour guide that sort of opinion should not be shared to a multi national group.

The house is well decorated and is detailed in giving a glance of what life may have been like.
Written 15 February 2015
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