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The Great War Exhibition commemorates the very significant part that New Zealand played in the First World War. 

Journey through the war, year by year, and see the challenges that emerged. The journey is rich in personal stories which tell of the gritty experience of the battlefields and the hardships at home during war-time New Zealand. Experience the desperate horrors and the triumphs of the human spirit that were part of the Great War.

In true Sir Peter Jackson fashion, The Great War Exhibition is a three part exhibition, featuring The Great Hall, ANZ Presents Gallipoli and The Trench Experience. 

The Great Hall

The Great Hall of Wellington’s historic Dominion Museum houses the exhibition that depicts the world-wide story of the war in chronological order, exploring the changing face of the conflict as it affected those who fought it from 1914 – 1918.

ANZ Presents Gallipoli: The New Zealand Story in Colour

A special space that focuses on New Zealand's story, this room begins its storytelling in 1915 with mobilisation and the seminal Gallipoli campaign, and touches on the incredible hardship that was suffered by New Zealands at Gallipoli. It was from the shared tragedy both home and away, that a special part of New Zealand’s national character was born.

The room contains a large scale diorama of the battlefield at Chunuk Bair featuring an army of over 5000 miniatures. It depicts that crucial battle where the Wellington Battalion took and defended the Turkish defences on the heights of the ridge line overlooking the Gallipoli beach head. 

Battle of Jutland 

This new exhibit commemorates the centenary of the Battle of Jutland. Fought in the southern North Sea, near the coast of Denmark’s Jutland Peninsula in May 1916, the Battle of Jutland was not only the largest naval battle of the First World War, but also confirmed the British Navy’s dominance of the North Sea. 

Memorabilia from the ship will be on display along with photographs and paintings telling the story of the Battle of Jutland and the Merchant Navy. A centrepiece of the exhibition is a pipe stand and tobacco holder made from the wood of HMS Iron Duke, the flagship of the British Grand Fleet under Admiral John Jellicoe. The piece is on loan from Sir Peter Jackson. Also featured in the exhibition are two model ships, one of the UNS Ibuki and the other of the RMS Niagara. 

The Trench Experience

The Trench Experience is set to open in 2016 (a small charge will apply) and will give you a glimpse of what many of our grandfathers and their compatriots went through in the First World War.

You'll have the opportunity to be ‘in the trenches’, hearing the sound of warfare and smelling the real scents of the challenging environment that thousands of men fought in.

Guided Tours

The exhibition offers visitors guided tours (additional to the admission fee) which depart every 15 minutes.

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