55 Cable St, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
Has to be one of the best museums in the world. Spread over 6 floors and different blocks, the museum gives a glimpse of NZ past present and future. Has a dedicated section for war, Maori culture and other sections glorifying the NZ life.. there is a section for kids too.. the roof top gives a panoramic view of the waterfront.
Good place to visit on a cold and rainy day. Entrance was free, but from August they’ll change fee. We had a 3 and 6 yr old in our party and the 6 yr old enjoyed the war segment very much. The whole museum is actually great with great interactive activities and explanations. Parking is hard to find. Toilets are very clean and easily accessible. Staff are extremely friendly and helpful. Restaurant staff are also helpful and kind, there food was good and very fresh. Restaurant a little pricey, but entrance was free!!!! overall a awesome place to visit!!!
Highly recommended (especially if you travel with children). You would need at least 4hours to explore around. The War exhibition is brilliant! I often find war exhibitions at museums tend to be scary, but this one is not, without taking away the 'war atmosphere'. Kudos to the historians and designers who put together this exhibition. The Nature exhibition was amazing too! A lot of interactive corners to entertain and educate the children. One of the best museum experiences I have ever had. And... Admission is free for everyone!
Wow! What an experience. My daughter and spent what turned out to be five hours there yesterday, though it seemed only minutes. We received a great introduction to the animals and natural history of New Zealand, experienced an earthquake and were awed by the Maori and Islander exhibits. And the Gallipoli exhibit was as poignant as it was gripping. This is a definite 'must see' in Wellington.
Holds up to it's reputation as a great museum. I especially enjoyed the sectors about native New Zealand animals (watch a kiwi fight off a possum on video), the only giant squid on display in a museum, and the upstairs sector about Maori culture and later colonization by the British. There are also temporary exhibitions on an upper level, and I got to see some great modern art. And... did I mention that it's completely free? If you're in Wellington and you don't hate museums, definitely go there.