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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Neil B
Auckland, New Zealand1,436 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
An important piece of NZ history. Carefully researched restoration of Mansfield's birthplace with an interesting outline of her life. A nice combination illustrating both the way of living for middle-class NZers around 1900 and the life of the famous author. We'll worth a look.

There's a great 'eye spy' activity sheet for the little ones, that's actually good fun for the grownups!
Written 24 June 2023
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JElliot32
New South Wales, Australia3,845 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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Margaret J
Wellington, New Zealand6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Family
A walk around Thorndon in Wellington to revisit the haunts of Katherine Mansfield's family(the Beauchamps)starting with the house she lived in initially in Tinakori Road which is open to the public.The walk took us to the park named after her,then to Thorndon School,Old St Pauls,The General Assembly Library and finally to the National Library to look at some of her manuscripts.
Written 13 November 2022
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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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Ken
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Couples
Excellent- house garden, information and even the Dolls House “I seen the lamp”! The home has been beautifully restored.
Written 14 November 2020
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Jim C
Huntly, New Zealand11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
A step back into yester year. What an amazing woman. Well worth the visit. See not only the house and how people lived but also some of the frocks she was dressed in.
Written 3 November 2020
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Ambam74
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Solo
A gorgeous little hidden gem. Such a friendly and helpful guide too. Felt like I'd taken a little step back into history.
Written 3 January 2020
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Kate B
Melbourne, Australia52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Friends
For any person who enjoys literature and the story of authors, this is an excellent Museum. It would also be of interest for people with a fascination for domestic colonial life in the Victorian era.

The new timeline of Katherine Mansfield‘s life is excellent and equates to reading a biography.

The bookshop has a range of volumes of her short stories, biographies, information books about Mansfield’s life in Wellington and Victoriana.

The open hours are posted on the gate or you can call them.
Written 27 December 2019
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Roger F
Wellington, New Zealand220 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
If you have an interest in New Zealand literature, in colonial buildings, in gardens, or in dollhouses, this lovingly restored building is well worth a visit. Helpful, friendly staff on site add to the enjoyment. There is a terrific display of dollhouses (to mark Mansfield's short story "The Dollhouse") and a room dedicated to outlining her life and times. The rest of the house is furnished and equipped to reflect what it would have been like when Mansfield lived there as a young girl. Budget a few house to visit and enjoy. It's a peaceful oasis to take a break from the busy city too.
Written 5 December 2019
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Saintjoan2001
Sydney, Australia1,526 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
i am crazy about katherine mansfield so we walked all the way to her house from our bnb to find that it was closed.at least google or the people should have updated the info that it was closed for viewing.we just saw the garden and hse from outside and took picture .it was so sad
Written 22 September 2019
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