Edwin Fox Maritime Museum
Edwin Fox Maritime Museum
4.5
Speciality MuseumsHistoric SitesHistory Museums
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Edwin Fox is a great example of NZ Maritime History, built in 1853, the oldest surviving merchant ship, last surviving convict ship that took convicts to Australia and last wooden NZ immigrant ship and it was also used to transport troops to the Crimean War. Filmed by the BBC Coast Show with Neil Oliver and winners of the World Ship Trust Award for preservation. Open everyday (except Christmas day), a great all weather and family friendly activity, group bookings and guided tours by arrangement, catering options also available.
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  • mras90
    68 contributions
    Surprising
    We only went to this museum because the weather was inclement and we needed an indoor activity. Admission was cheap and the audiovisual was interesting and gave good information about the history of the ship. It was easy to walk around the facility.
    Visited November 2022
    Written 16 January 2023
  • GayleJP
    Brisbane, Australia527 contributions
    Don’t be put off- well worth visiting
    From outside this museum looks rather underwhelming and we almost were put off. However I am so glad that we decided to have a look around as it was fascinating. You will need to climb stairs up to the first floor to read the exhibit about how the ship was built, it’s purpose and multiple journeys. Parts of the display are looking a little dated- you definitely don’t get anything interactive here. The highlight obviously is the ship herself- you can see part of the hull from the outside of the museum- but going inside and down into the actual lower sections of the ship is really what makes this stand out as a visitor must do in Picton (or even New Zealand). To be able to be where hundreds of convicts were transported is amazing. As I said, there are steps both inside the museum building, and also uneven surfaces and steps while on the Edwin Fox. Well worth visiting.
    Glad you enjoyed your visit, we are developing plans at present to take the museum displays forward. We have now also gone digital and much more information now readily available for free online. Digital NZ.
    Written 11 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 January 2023
  • John G
    9 contributions
    Pocket museum based on a historic settler ship
    The museum is based upon the history and restoration efforts of a very old wooden ocean sailing ship. There is a short film, plus exhibits on early emigration to Australia, and in particular the history of a wooden sailing ship. Next door is the "preserved" (not really restored) wooden ship - you get to walk into the hull. We spent perhaps 90 minutes.
    Thank you for reviewing, yes indeed this is a preservation project rather than a restoration project.
    Written 11 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 20 February 2023
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Helen D
4 contributions
Apr 2023
This is a must-see when you are in Picton. The museum has interesting stories and artifacts but the fact that you can actually walk on the ship was pretty amazing.
Written 28 May 2023
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Tamara T
5 contributions
Mar 2023
Really interesting little museum - early settlers, whaling days and local history all packed into an accessible and friendly space.
Written 25 April 2023
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Bri
Masterton, New Zealand40 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
Called in here to kill some time before the ferry. We were pleasantly surprised at how intersting the museum was. Really enjoyed the history and being able to walk through the ship, they have done an excellent job at preserving it and it's history.
Written 13 April 2023
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John G
Scottsdale, AZ123 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
Sailing ship saved from the sea (not totally restored) . Interesting to walk down in the original timbers from 200 years ago.
Written 4 April 2023
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LEAM_11
High Wycombe13 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
What a great museum!!! So well curated with informative displays and to be able to walk around the ship is an amazing experience. Would highly recommend
Written 3 April 2023
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I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit.
Written 11 August 2023
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cruzfool2005ft
Freeport, TX295 contributions
Feb 2023
Really interesting small museum dedicated to the history and story of the preservation of this beautiful old ship. The museum is located next to the now shuttered aquarium located right in the parking lot of the Interislander ferry. Admission was $15 per adult, but we found the movie about the ship, the exhibits, and the ship itself to be very worthwhile to visit.
Written 1 March 2023
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Thank you for taking the time to review us.
Written 11 August 2023
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John G
9 contributions
Feb 2023
The museum is based upon the history and restoration efforts of a very old wooden ocean sailing ship. There is a short film, plus exhibits on early emigration to Australia, and in particular the history of a wooden sailing ship. Next door is the "preserved" (not really restored) wooden ship - you get to walk into the hull. We spent perhaps 90 minutes.
Written 20 February 2023
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Thank you for reviewing, yes indeed this is a preservation project rather than a restoration project.
Written 11 August 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

GayleJP
Brisbane, Australia527 contributions
Jan 2023 • Couples
From outside this museum looks rather underwhelming and we almost were put off. However I am so glad that we decided to have a look around as it was fascinating. You will need to climb stairs up to the first floor to read the exhibit about how the ship was built, it’s purpose and multiple journeys. Parts of the display are looking a little dated- you definitely don’t get anything interactive here.
The highlight obviously is the ship herself- you can see part of the hull from the outside of the museum- but going inside and down into the actual lower sections of the ship is really what makes this stand out as a visitor must do in Picton (or even New Zealand). To be able to be where hundreds of convicts were transported is amazing.
As I said, there are steps both inside the museum building, and also uneven surfaces and steps while on the Edwin Fox.
Well worth visiting.
Written 29 January 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Glad you enjoyed your visit, we are developing plans at present to take the museum displays forward. We have now also gone digital and much more information now readily available for free online. Digital NZ.
Written 11 August 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Rob M
Scottish Borders, UK363 contributions
Jan 2023
This museum is well worth a visit. Amazing seeing the inside of the ship! How did that sail from the Uk to here?
Written 27 January 2023
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AprilCDansie
Guildford, UK162 contributions
Jan 2023 • Couples
A great little museum. Informative displays, good film. Really interesting to be able to walk around inside the actual boat. We stayed about an hour.
Written 23 January 2023
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