Exhibitions

The Maritime Museum tells the remarkable stories of New Zealand's seafaring heritage. Many of the world's greatest maritime pioneers have emerged from this spirit of exploration, and the exhibitions on show honour those who sailed to the limits of their imagination.

LANDFALLS

Learn more about the pioneering voyages of discovery, settlement and trade that shaped the early history of New Zealand. 

Exhibitions include:

  • Hawaiki and our display of replica voyaging canoes
  • European Landfalls and the journeys undertaken by early European explorers
  • Coastal Trade and the lifeline of the waterways

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NEW BEGINNINGS

Meet the early immigrants who braved the ocean to arrive, survive and thrive in a remote and inhospitable land.                                         

Exhibitions include:

  • The Immigrants' stories and the chance to relieve their experience in the 1840's rocking cabin
  • Whaling and the survival of early settlers
  • Ferries connecting New Zealand

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BLUE WATER BLACK MAGIC

A tribute to Sir Peter Blake: New Zealand's remarkable yachting success and its greatest exponent.

Exhibition includes:

  • 1995 America's Cup-winning boat NZL32
  • Innovative designers and thinkers in NZ's boating industry
  • Sir Peter Blake's famous Red Socks

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EDMISTON GALLERY

This gallery hosts a rotating calendar of exhibitions relating to maritime art and the expression of our spirit as a seafaring nation. It is generously supported by the Edmiston Trust and showcases artworks from both the Museum's and the Edmiston Trust's collection.

Permanent exhibitions include:

  • Seafarers' Stained Glass Windows
  • Orpheus: New Zealand's worst maritime disaster

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KIWIS AND THE COAST

Discover the New Zealand's intrinsic bond with the ocean and how it has shaped the Kiwi cultural identity.                             

Exhibition includes:

  • The Hamilton Jet
  • New Zealand Lighthouses
  • 1950's beach shop and bach
  • Oceans Apart model display

     

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VESSELS

Climb on board a heritage vessel and get out on the water for a unique sailing experience on the Waitemata Harbour that will transport you back in time.               
The fleet of vessels includes:

  • Ted Ashby
  • Nautilus 
  • SL Puke

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