Museum & Galleries

Museum of Wellington

New Zealand / The Pacific

The Museum of Wellington (formerly the Museum of Wellington City and Sea) has four floors which celebrate Wellington’s maritime history, early Māori and European settlements and the growth of the region. It relates much of Wellington’s history and how the city has evolved in the last 150 years. Of special note is a film about the sinking of the Wahine Ferry in 1968, while The Attic is a popular new feature for children.The Museum began life in 1972 as the Wellington Maritime Museum of the Wellington Harbour Board. In 1989 it was taken over by Wellington City Council and expanded its brief to include social history. The museum had been housed in the Bond Store since 1999. This is an 1892 heritage building designed by the leading architect, Frederick de Jersey Clere (1856-1952), who was born in Lancashire, but emigrated to New Zealand with his family in 1877. The building was converted in 1999, care being taken to preserve its historic façade ant it eventually became the Wellington Museum in July 2015. It is now run by the Museums Trust. The Times of London hailed it as one of the top fifty museums of the world.

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