Wellington's best museums and art galleries

The capital is home to some of New Zealand's leading museums and galleries featuring contemporary art, historic gems, and unusual treasures

Regional museums and galleries

Venture beyond the city and you'll find historical treasure troves, Aotearoa art, and educational museums

Visit the Petone Settlers Museum

The Esplanade, Petone, Lower Hutt

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Situated on the Petone shore of Wellington Harbour, the Petone Settlers Museum tells the stories of the people who have made Petone their home. The museum has a series of small exhibitions which focus on different historical and cultural aspects of settlement in the area.

The museum occupies one of New Zealand’s most significant memorial buildings. It was built to commemorate the arrival of the first British immigrants in 1840. Before becoming a museum, it served as a bathing pavilion for Petone beach-goers.


Whirinaki Whare Taonga

836 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt, Wellington

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Whirinaki Whare Taonga is a vibrant arts centre where you can enjoy, art, culture, history and entertainment. With a regularly changing programme of exhibitions ranging from the very best New Zealand and international art, to local arts and crafts and historical exhibitions, Whirinaki Whare Taonga has a special focus on interactive experiences and family-friendly activities. The centre is a 30-minute drive from Wellington or an easy bus or train ride.


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