Wellington Museum
Wellington Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Wellington Museum houses four floors of local taonga (treasures) reflecting the region’s vibrant history, its people and the future. Open daily, the free-entry museum has something for everyone and will keep you entertained for hours. Walk like a giant on the carpet flooring which maps out the region from a satellite image in the new exhibition ‘Te Whanganui-a-Tara’. Experiment with Wellington winds and learn how to introduce yourself in te reo Māori. Explore the city’s maritime history and step inside a real captain’s cabin. Watch Māori legends come to life and get up close to Wellington’s social history. The museum’s award-winning Attic celebrates the capital’s quirky side. You’ll never know what you’ll find. Compare your shoe-size with NBS star Steven Adam’s basketball boots, listen to local UFO reports and experience the time machine! Take the stress out of planning and see more of the city by booking a guided tour with Wellington Museum. Learn more at wellingtonmuseum.nz
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Naija M
    Algiers, Algeria994 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting and informative
    This is a fairly small but interesting museum located near to the waterfront. As a Brit, I didn’t really know much about Wellington before the visit, but thanks to the many interesting and informative displays, I do now. The staff are friendly and helpful and there is no entrance fee.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 23 July 2023
  • Rotiman1
    Sydney, Australia2,012 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth and hour or two
    A small accessible museum that gives a good, at times quirky, overview of Wellingtons history. The bond store, complete with rat was a good introduction. The section on the Wahine sinking was quite moving. Staff were welcoming g, friendly and enthusiastic
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 November 2023
  • Sandy W
    Vancouver, Canada1,764 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great place to visit for an hour or so
    A great museum spread out over several floors. The top floor, called The Attic, contains a collection of historical pieces that are quite entertaining. The entire museum is well laid out with audiovisual and printed materials. We really liked it.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 January 2024
  • ND F
    Vancouver, Canada536 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lots of history and entry fee is by donation - worth the effort to seek out.
    Nice museum on the waterfront with history of the city and surrounding area. Information on the inhabitants both indigenous and settlers, industry, shipping and more. There’s a gift shop too. Very friendly staff and the museum is by donation as entry is free. It’s on a nice walk along the waterfront promenade.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 February 2024
  • Happiness48147480951
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wellington Museum is amazing, set on 4 floors with both stair and lift access. The history in the museum is balanced.
    This Museum was the most amazing collection of historical facts and memorabilia. It was set out on 4 floors with both stair and lift access. The history in the museum was not one-sided but covered the settlers arrival and the Maori traditional artefacts and stories. The saddest thing was to sit and watch the old black and white film footage of the stories about the sinking of the Ferry Wahine in the Wellington Harbour on 10 April 1968 during a catastrophic storm event. This Museum is free but does allow for cash donations in a designated container. This Museum is not to be missed when you are in Wellington.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 March 2024
  • AndyAquila
    Lyme Regis, United Kingdom656 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very interesting and extensive museum
    We were strongly advised to visit this museum, and we were very pleased we did. It is a real mixture of exhibits ranging from the history of emigration to New Zealand to the future of Wellington. There was plenty to see over five floors, including some very unusual items on the top floor which should not be missed.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 March 2024
  • Anonymous855
    1,729 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Delightful small museum, donation requested ...great location
    I loved the historic building and how unique each area of the museum was. A couple of good movies, odd curiosities, and the important recap of the shipwreck. It is good for all ages and doesn't take that much time to go through right there near the waterfront. Well done!
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 28 April 2024
  • Sandy H
    Gold Coast, Australia236 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loved every minute..!
    Probably the best Museum I have visited. Fortunate enough to be here whilst the Gallopoli display it on… words can’t describe how amazing and outstanding the display is. Loved it so much I’m going back again tomorrow. Other exhibits were also interesting and lots of interactive display to keep children busy. I never knew a Kiwi bird doesn’t have wings..!! Never too old to expand one’s knowledge :) It’s definitely a must visit if in Wellington
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 May 2024
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Sandy H
Gold Coast, Australia236 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Probably the best Museum I have visited. Fortunate enough to be here whilst the Gallopoli display it on… words can’t describe how amazing and outstanding the display is. Loved it so much I’m going back again tomorrow.

Other exhibits were also interesting and lots of interactive display to keep children busy. I never knew a Kiwi bird doesn’t have wings..!! Never too old to expand one’s knowledge :)

It’s definitely a must visit if in Wellington
Written 4 May 2024
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Anonymous855
Trabuco Canyon, California1,729 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
I loved the historic building and how unique each area of the museum was. A couple of good movies, odd curiosities, and the important recap of the shipwreck. It is good for all ages and doesn't take that much time to go through right there near the waterfront. Well done!
Written 28 April 2024
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Bob H
53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
A great little museum with an interesting and varied collection. We really enjoyed the videos and time travel showing the evolution of Wellington
Written 18 April 2024
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AndyAquila
Lyme Regis, UK656 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We were strongly advised to visit this museum, and we were very pleased we did. It is a real mixture of exhibits ranging from the history of emigration to New Zealand to the future of Wellington. There was plenty to see over five floors, including some very unusual items on the top floor which should not be missed.
Written 26 March 2024
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Happiness48147480951
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
This Museum was the most amazing collection of historical facts and memorabilia. It was set out on 4 floors with both stair and lift access. The history in the museum was not one-sided but covered the settlers arrival and the Maori traditional artefacts and stories. The saddest thing was to sit and watch the old black and white film footage of the stories about the sinking of the Ferry Wahine in the Wellington Harbour on 10 April 1968 during a catastrophic storm event. This Museum is free but does allow for cash donations in a designated container. This Museum is not to be missed when you are in Wellington.
Written 4 March 2024
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ND F
Vancouver, Canada536 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Nice museum on the waterfront with history of the city and surrounding area. Information on the inhabitants both indigenous and settlers, industry, shipping and more. There’s a gift shop too. Very friendly staff and the museum is by donation as entry is free. It’s on a nice walk along the waterfront promenade.
Written 9 February 2024
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wombatdavid
Hobart, Australia2,617 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
This is an excellent museum and it is free to enter. I loved the old Bond Store building and found the section and movie about the Wahine disaster to be very moving. An absolute must do.
Written 4 February 2024
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Sarah C
Ashtead, UK1,261 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
This is a great museum telling Wellington's history with a naval slant and housed in an impressive building on the quay. Well worth visiting
Written 31 January 2024
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Sandy W
Vancouver, Canada1,764 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
A great museum spread out over several floors. The top floor, called The Attic, contains a collection of historical pieces that are quite entertaining. The entire museum is well laid out with audiovisual and printed materials. We really liked it.
Written 11 January 2024
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Rotiman1
Sydney, Australia2,012 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
A small accessible museum that gives a good, at times quirky, overview of Wellingtons history. The bond store, complete with rat was a good introduction. The section on the Wahine sinking was quite moving.
Staff were welcoming g, friendly and enthusiastic
Written 12 November 2023
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