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Museum of Wellington City & Sea

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You can smell the hessian (burlap) sacks, hear the gulls, and see the (mechanical) rats scuttling around in this refurbished 1892 bond store, now a museum that portrays the history of the original Māori tribes and the European settlers who arrived around 1840. Spread over three floors, the displays cover work, leisure, crime, and education in 19th-century Wellington. Holographic effects bring to startling life two Māori legends, and in the Wahine Gallery, exhibits and a short film depict the 1968 Wahine ferry sinking that cost 52 lives. The Plimmer's Ark Gallery tells the story of John Plimmer, known as the "Father of Wellington" for his work in developing the city. You can see Plimmer's Ark, the excavated remains of the ship Inconstant, wrecked in 1849 on Pencarrow Head, in the Old Bank Arcade, a shopping center on Lambton Quay. Plimmer bought the damaged ship in 1850 and used it as a loading dock. Eventually it became landlocked and later demolished, except that the remains of its hull were discovered in 1997.

Updated: 02-18-2014

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