Ranked as one of the 50 Best Museums in the World by The Times UK, this popular museum takes you back a thousand years and leads you to a vibrant present-day Wellington.
Housed in a significant heritage building on the waterfront, the museum offers a wonderful insight into the rich social and cultural history of Wellington, complementing Te Papa's stories of the nation.
The interactive and exciting exhibitions engage visitors of all ages. Traditional museum techniques combine with holographic special effects, recreations and interactive exhibits to take you on a journey through Wellington's past, present and future.
There is always something new to see at Wellington Museum. Changing feature exhibitions delve into social, cultural or maritime stories from Wellington and beyond, with supporting events, performances and talks on throughout the year.
Their newest exhibition, Ngā Heke, showcases different perspectives of Wellington’s colourful history. Journey through stories of Māori migration to Wellington, look at quirky objects of Wellington’s past and consider alternate histories. The objects on display each have their own story and connection to the Wellington region. From the Evergreen Coffee House sign to the effigy of Archibald Baxter, this collection reflects a social and cultural history of Wellington that’s fascinating, weird at times, but always engaging. There are also Alternate Histories – where we play with history and offer a choice of two different historical possibilities.
Have a look at the guided tours Wellington Museum offer: