Speciality Museums in Wellington

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Speciality Museums in Wellington

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  • Snarth
    Philadelphia510 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful museum that gives you an overview of the history (natural and human) of NZ. It's a bit short on art, but what it covers it does extremely well. I recommend the highlights tour to enrich your experience. I know the Gallipoli exhibit is very popular, but I for one didn't get the point of the hugely oversized figures and hokey effects. I'd give it a pass.
    Written 10 April 2024
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  • Sandy W
    Vancouver, Canada1,763 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A poignant site for remembering World War I. We took an Uber from the CBD. It is a short 10 minute drive. The main building is not open due to renovations. You can see the memorial contributions of several countries. Doesn't take more than 10 minutes but well – worth seeing. Check out my reviews of other tourist sites in Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch and Brisbane. Feel free to give me a like if you like this review. There is a Salvation Army thrift store across the street if you are interested.
    Written 8 January 2024
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  • TWal1
    Canberra, Australia2,954 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We enjoyed visiting this small museum which is adjacent to the Cable Car station at the top of the line. The museum displays are very good and it tells the history of cable car transportation in Wellington. It is a rich history.
    Written 1 April 2024
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  • Neil B
    Auckland, New Zealand1,439 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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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  • sassikootje
    Milton Keynes, UK7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wow. What could have been a distant and unrelatable experience was brought to life by Lindsey. Through her storytelling she brought the world of the 19th century into being, vividly evoking voices of the time and painting a colourful backdrop of life as it would have been. Not life in terms of the major events that find their way into textbooks, but rather the quintessential day-to-day domestic experience that weaves the fabric of society. The Cottage will benefit from future expansion of its programming in the area of historic interpretation, and focusing in on the experiential question 'What is home?'.
    Written 12 November 2023
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  • Jamuel E
    Wellington, New Zealand218 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This an amazing hidden gem. And it shouldn’t be so hidden it feels tucked away in a corner. That would be my only downside.

    This is not a very big flashy exhibit but rather it is more an important one for anyone to visit to learn about one of NZ’s most important events in its history hence the 5 star review. It’s amazing to have these documents in wellington to look at and they have done well to tell the story and history around it. Can’t wait to be back to spend more time here.
    Written 8 November 2018
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  • criochi
    London, UK96 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had an amazing time there! This is a fan museum made by a fan for fans. You start with a little video about their journey through LOTR and then you get to dress your favourite character’s clothes. Kathy’s enthusiasm is contagious and even those who don’t care about LOTR will have an amazing experience.
    Written 4 February 2020
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  • Dale K
    Sydney, Australia56 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a small museum locate at the entrance to the Reserve Bank building. Entry is free and there is a good display of the history of currency. They even give you a bag of $1300 though it is shredded. A good experience and worth a visit.
    Written 16 May 2019
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  • Flexitraveller
    Singapore, Singapore26 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is not a place you can visit without permission. Please seek permission or approval over phone / email if you are intend to visit in a non game day. One can donate optionally, I did because they stayed open just for me on the day of my visit. It is not just for the museum, but the whole Basin reserve ground view would be splendid if viewed from there. So please make a visit if you are a real cricket fan !
    Written 2 April 2017
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  • cpcog
    Sydney, Australia1,340 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It is a small museum. You can go there with some donation. There are a few old trams inside. I guess the most attractive part is riding on the tram runs between Queen Elisabeth park and whareroa beach. It is about 2km long! It costs $12 for unlimited rides. I wont say the view of the journey would be very special but the experience is rather nice
    Written 5 April 2021
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  • fionahenrisson
    Sydney, Australia12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had a very informative demonstration of the distillation of perfumes at Fragrifert Perfumery, showing how the fragrances were created from start to point of sale. We were able to browse and smell the wonderful aromas of the fragrances. Needless to say both my husband and myself were delighted with our purchases.
    Written 10 March 2024
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  • Sarah G
    15 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not currently running the museum at the moment but they said they have plans for a new online experience. Still operating as a tattoo shop!
    Written 26 August 2022
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