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The Great War Exhibition is a New Zealand treasure.

Created by Sir Peter Jackson and supported by ANZ, The Great War Exhibition tells of the significant part New Zealand played in the First World War.  

The Great War Exhibition takes you from a peaceful pre-war Belgian village into the hell that was World War I. The story is told through a remarkable collection of objects, hundreds of colourised photographs, movie-like sets and miniature models. Learn stories of mateship and heroism and get a sense of the mud, mayhem and dreadful loss of life in this first global war. Add to your visit with a tour from our knowledgeable guides.    

Admission charges apply.

The Quinn’s Post Trench Experience

Put yourself in the shoes of the Anzac troops in this extraordinary sensory experience - a life like remake of Quinn’s Post,the nearest point to the Turks – only a bomb’s throw away.

Experience the cramped conditions, the stench, and the noise of explosions that the men endured. Available as a standalone or as a combo with entry and guided tour.

Created by Sir Peter Jackson, The Quinn’s Post Trench Experience combines his world acclaimed storytelling artistry with a personal passion for First World War military history and stories of the experiences of New Zealand soldiers. Admission charges apply.

Chapters of the Great War - Temporary Exhibitions

A series of five new temporary exhibitions will be installed between now and November 2018, which tell some of the lesser-known stories surrounding the Great War.  The topics range from ‘Dissent’, the story of conscientious objectors, to ‘A Women’s War’ providing different perspectives on the war.  

Children School Holiday Tours

Ensuring the First World War remains relevant to younger generations remains a key focus at The Great War Exhibition. Children can learn while exploring with our friendly guides on our special school holiday children’s tours.  Children will embark on a unique adventure and follow the journey of ‘Private Will’, from recruitment to the battlefield. Children’s tours include a complimentary adventure pack with fun activities tailored for various age groups. 

The Great War Exhibition is located in the historic Dominion Museum building in the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park—an oasis in the city. The park hosts a number of impressive memorials, gifted to this nation by our close allies, providing a series of reflective areas, and beautiful locations for family picnics or gatherings within easy walking distance of the city centre.

Rated as the only 5-star attraction in Wellington, according to Trip Advisor – this is a must see. 

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