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Museum of New Zealand -- Te Papa Tongarewa
Address: Cable Street, on the waterfront
Tel: 04 381 7000
Website: www.tepapa.govt.nz
Hours: daily 10am-6pm (Thursday till 9pm)
Free admission (check for temporary exhibitions or event)
Audio guides available in several languages.

A must, Te Papa is Wellington’s most exciting attraction and one of the largest national museums in the world. It opened in 1998 and draws large numbers of visitors to the capital city. Spread over six levels, its fun, state-of-the-art interactive displays present New Zealand’s culture, history, art and natural environment and include some of the country’s most significant Maori treasures. Highlights include the earthquake house where you can experience a simulated aftershock of the Edgecumbe earthquake of 1987. Mountains to Sea and Bush City present New Zealand’s natural world and varied landscapes whilst Awesome Forces shows how earthquakes and volcanic eruptions have shaped New Zealand’s dramatic landscapes.
On Level 4, Tangata o le Moana: The Story of Pacific People of New Zealand explores how Pacific Island cultures have influenced New Zealand, with a fun hologram movie of their early exploration. Another highlight of the museum is Passports which explores the country’s migrant story.
Allow at least half a day.
The museum has two cafés and superb gift shops featuring original crafts and Maori designs, as well as attractive books and toys for children.

Museum of Wellington City & Sea
Address: Queens Wharf
Tel: 04 472 8904
Website: www.museumofwellington.co.nz
Hours: daily 10am-5pm; closed 25th December.
Admission: free and free tours at 2pm on Sundays. Short tours NZ$8

The Museum of Wellington City & Sea is Wellington’s city museum and focuses on the city’s social, cultural and maritime history. Housed in a historic building, the 1892 Bond Store, the museum is home to a splendid collection of photographs, scientific and social history displays, maps, documents, memorabilia and rare maritime art. The holograms, interactive exhibits and games are great for children. Make sure you see the Wahine Gallery, a memorial to the 1968 maritime tragedy in Cook Strait; and A Millennium Ago, where Maori legends are combined with special effects.

City Gallery Wellington
Address: Civic Square
Tel: 04 801 3021
Website: www.citygallery.org.nz
Admission: donations
Hours: daily from 10am till 5pm; closed on Christmas Day

City Gallery challenges viewers with the best of contemporary art, everything from painting, sculpture, film and video to industrial & graphic design and architecture. The gallery has a fully licensed café, bar and restaurant.

Colonial Cottage Museum
Address: 68 Nairn Street, Brooklyn
Tel: 04 384 9122
Hours: midday till 4pm daily, with tours every hour on the hour
admission: $8 for adults, $4 for children (5-14 years). Under-5s are free.

Wellington’s oldest original cottage offers a glimpse of colonial family life. The Museum is housed in a building dating back to the mid-19th century by William Wallis and is a fine example of the late-Georgian style. The Colonial Cottage features a number of local artefacts and interesting collections from around the area as well as a pleasant garden.

Cable Car Museum
Address: at the top of the Botanical Gardens
Tel. 04 475 3578
Website: www.cablecarmuseum.co.nz
Hours: 9.30am – 5pm. Closed 25th December
Free admission

The Cable Car Museum brings to life the 100-year history of Wellington's iconic cable cars. Located within the original Winding House, the Museum houses two of the original grip cars and the winding machinery once used to haul the cars through a series of tunnels up the steep incline.

National Cricket Museum
Address: 1 Sussex Street
Tel: 04 385 6602
Hours: 10.30am to 3.30pm daily

The National Cricket Museum is dedicated to the history of cricket throughout New Zealand and is full of memorabilia which will delight cricket enthusiasts.


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