History Museums in Wellington

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History Museums in Wellington

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  • travelisbliss22
    Dunedin, New Zealand284 contributions
    Not the first time I'd been into this museum, but as always, it was a great place to wander around. I love the ambience of Wellington Museum, including the building itself. This visit, there were some rooms open that I didn't notice previously (Wellington Harbour Board old board rooms), which added some new intrigue. Overall, it really is a great museum and I really do recommend it for anyone when in the waterfront area.
    Written 29 November 2021
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  • Robert T
    Hamilton, New Zealand20 contributions
    While somewhat out of the way, the good little museum is well worth a look. It covers the early colonial history and latter industrial history of the Hutt valley, and has wonderful exhibitions.
    Written 6 August 2020
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  • jojo201587
    Auckland, New Zealand20 contributions
    We managed to go on the second to last day of this amazing exhibition. The Quinns Post Experience was fantastic. Our tour guide was very knowledgable and passionate, and transported you back in time as she explained the history. A shame this exhibition was closing as I know of several people who would love to have gone to it.
    Written 4 December 2018
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  • on_the_go_98765
    Tucson17,288 contributions
    This is not a "tourist" destination, it is more of a repository of New Zealand's most significant documents. To use the Public Reading Room, a "reader card" must be presented. To get one, there's a form to be filled out (looks like one has to be a Kiwi to get one). However, these are 2 of the most important documents from my perspective: The Women's Sufferage Petition and the Treaty of Waitangi.

    Women's Sufferage granted women the right to vote in the 1893 general election; US did not grant that right to American women until the 1920's.

    The Treaty of Waitangi of 1840 gave Maori the righs of British citizenship and protection from France and it recognized Maori ownership of their lands. This was done under Queen Victoria's reign and it sought to repay the Maori for confiscated lands. Between 530 and 540 Maori chiefs signed but disputes arose that simmered over and festered to become the New Zealand Wars of 1845-1872.

    At the end of the 27 year period of guerrilla-like battles, 18,000 British troops battled 4,000 Maori. Today, disagreements are settled in the courts ... but they are still on-going.

    These documents are as precious and as old as most that we Americans have in our National Archives. These are likewise the cornerstones of their national identity.
    Written 25 March 2019
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  • Jamuel E
    Wellington, New Zealand218 contributions
    This an amazing hidden gem. And it shouldn’t be so hidden it feels tucked away in a corner. That would be my only downside.

    This is not a very big flashy exhibit but rather it is more an important one for anyone to visit to learn about one of NZ’s most important events in its history hence the 5 star review. It’s amazing to have these documents in wellington to look at and they have done well to tell the story and history around it. Can’t wait to be back to spend more time here.
    Written 8 November 2018
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  • Londinium
    Brussels, Belgium868 contributions
    This museum is free and a bit tricky to find as you need to enter a building on The Terrace, walk through then follow the sign. It’s self-guided, there are headphones near the entrance. You can see an old cell, weapons made by prisoners, old and current uniforms, but also learn about the reinsertion programme which is quite impressive. There is a short movie explaining what happens once someone is arrested by the police. Interesting museum to visit if you have some time.
    Written 14 December 2018
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  • Edith3032
    Whanganui, New Zealand49 contributions
    This is a very welcoming and relaxed accommodation provider. Being part of the Home of Compassion the life and business of the Sisters carries on around the property. However everyone is extremely welcoming, warm and friendly and such old world pleasures such as having the option to have breakfast (Continental provided) in a common dining room with other guests adds to the relaxed nature of the place. The rooms are not equipped to the same standard as an inner city hotel but are perfectly adequate for a relaxed stay and the price reflects that. It is tucked away on a very private property in Island Bay.
    Written 22 February 2019
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  • kiwiconnection2016
    Wellington, New Zealand84 contributions
    Its not restored which to me was more interesting... we had a good visit and were amazed by the number of children born into this wee cottage that grew a little larger, a bit at a time.
    Everything is original, handmade furniture is lovely... well worth a visit.
    Written 18 September 2013
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  • Judi J
    2 contributions
    Blessed to have been able to visit the centre, and receive a personal tour with volunteer Elizabeth. Her knowledge was astounding and her love and compassion obvious. These are the stories that must be told! Yes, we hear anecdotal information here and there, but there is something life-changing in coming face to face with an original yellow star, a uniform, a child's artwork, a personal memoir. Highly recommended for young and old alike. Thank you for preserving these stories, so that we will not forget.
    Written 2 October 2019
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