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About our Collections

The Collections have a Wellington history focus, including its civic, social, cultural, maritime and economic development. They have been established through the transferral of material from the Wellington Maritime Museum Trust, the Colonial Cottage Trust and the Cable Car Museum. READ MORE


This is a systematic documentation of the museum’s vast Collections, recording the physical details and location of each object and then searching museum records to collate all relevant information. The Museum uses Vernon Systems (a computer-based object cataloguing system) to catalogue its objects, with the majority of work completed by our wonderful Museum volunteers. Find out about our current cataloguing projects. READ MORE


Items in the Collections are available to other institutions for research purposes or for general public viewing. READ MORE


These fact sheets provide additional information on some of our permanent displays and historic events from the Wellington region. READ MORE


The Museum of Wellington City & Sea hosts exhibitions and events throughout the year that explore the tales of Wellington and beyond.

Here you will find a list of these past exhibitions and events including brief information on each. READ MORE

Carwell-Cooke Collection

Photograph of girls in dance costumes - Carwell-Cooke Collection