Museum of Wellington Review

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Museum of Wellington

The Museum of Wellington City & Sea is located in The Bond Store building which dates back to 1892 when it was a cargo warehouse.

In 1892 The Bond Store was a cargo warehouse on Wellington’s waterfront for goods that required the payment of customs duty. The head office of the Wellington Harbour Board was located in offices upstairs.

Methods of cargo handling changed over time & Wellington’s wharf expanded until by the mid 1970s The Bond Store was no longer the centre of activity on the wharf.

The Bond Store was mostly empty offices when the Harbour Board suggested converting it into a small museum. It was opened in1972 & displayed a collection of artifacts detailing the story of Wellington maritime history. In November 1999 after a renovation the Museum re-opened as the Museum of Wellington City & Sea.

Visiting the museum is fun & a bit different to many museums. Upstairs you can sit in the old board room of the Harbour Board & see the history of the organisation as if it was a corporate HQ displaying its history.

Other parts of the museum cover the history of the harbour with a big part set aside for the Wahine accident when a large ferry sunk in the harbour during a storm.

There are a number of interactive things for kids to play with, one of the cool ones was showing how to lift the same box with different pulley systems.

Near the start of the museum you can see a history of Wellington with different displays from every few years

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