Museum of New Zealand -- Te Papa Tongarewa
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.
Museum of Wellington City & Sea
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
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
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
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.
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