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Bluff Maritime Museum

Closed Now: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Open today: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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A Worthwhile Maritime Museum

This museum is small but well worth an hour visit. We learned so much about the maritime history... read more

Reviewed 27 December 2018
Lynne A
Anchorage, Alaska
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Great Wee Museum

Cheap entry fee of $3.00 per adult. Quite informative for the size of the facility with a few very... read more

Reviewed 7 August 2018
Neil H
Invercargill, New Zealand
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“steam engine”(4 reviews)
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241 Foreshore Rd, Bluff, Bluff 9814, New Zealand
+64 3-212 7534
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Reviewed 27 December 2018 via mobile

This museum is small but well worth an hour visit. We learned so much about the maritime history of this area. Get a token to see the engine from the barge work, climb on a real oyster boat, watch a video on the historic lighthouse...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Lynne A
Reviewed 25 August 2018

Arrived at 3.30 paid the entry fee (it is scheduled to close at 4.30 according to the sign outside) Asked the old lady staff member where the toilets are she got really annoyed, When I had been to the toilet she said we had to...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank MissyBEE33
Reviewed 7 August 2018

Cheap entry fee of $3.00 per adult. Quite informative for the size of the facility with a few very good exhibits. Well worth stopping for a look.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Neil H
Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

If your staying in Invercargill a visit to the bluff museum (22kms away) is worth the effort. The displays are good and the price reasonable. The only downside is the grumpy woman on the counter who, because we arrived at 3.30 (it is scheduled to...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank A9314UOjeffc
Reviewed 20 June 2018 via mobile

Nice little local museum. Full of bits and pieces and interesting stories. The information about the pardoned soldier is particularly moving.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank kiwisqurt
Reviewed 31 January 2018 via mobile

Very nice staff, helpful and knowledgeable. Cheap at 3dollars entry. A bit chaotic and dated. Interesting but due to lack of visual structure it is hard to see forest for the trees

Date of experience: January 2018
2  Thank bbrichau
Reviewed 26 January 2018

This is a hidden gem as it tells the history of the area through a maritime perspective. Shipping played a major part in the development of this part of NZ and Bluff had/has a central roll. To read the stories of the early indigenous people...More

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank Ross B
Reviewed 12 January 2018 via mobile

Really enjoyed the exhibits. From the full size oyster boat in the yard to the old steam engine in the building that runs after a fashion to illustrate the steam drive concept. Lots of other exhibits.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Chris B
Reviewed 9 October 2017

Easily top place visit - 'showgirl' gives care & attention to visiters & goods! yes its nautical but also NZ early settlers memories. Oooh again have a few of my goodies on display - desk/ trunk / hammock. Rockets great info where wd 'non sailors'...More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank lucillei54
Reviewed 21 September 2017

For a small fee ($3 entry) this marine museum was filled with maritime history and artifacts - a must see for anyone interested in sea life . There are varied exhibits, many have been donated from private collections. Informative and interesting, a must see if...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank kookakea
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