Nairn Street Cottage Tours

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Changes in technology and society through the lens of three generations of Wellingtonians.

Beautifully presented and rich with history, Nairn Street Cottage was built in 1858 by William Wallis and is one of the oldest homes in Wellington. Supporting the cottage is an exhibition that goes back in time and uncovers stories of the original Wallis family and their descendants. This experience provides a snapshot of lives in Aotearoa over the years.

As you walk through the house, you’ll get to listen and uncover fresh new stories of the Cottage from different generations of the Wallis family: Catherine, William, Clara and Winifred. You’ll also experience the societal and technological changes over time as you move from room to room, starting from 1857 through to the late 1970s. Offering insights into their daily lives, the tour is a fascinating account of how life was lived over the years in one of Wellington’s oldest colonial house.

Admission a tour of the cottage with an expert guide and can enjoy an exhibition detailing the history and effects on society next door. Tours are on the hour between 12pm- 4pm. 

Nairn Street Cottage | Saturday & Sunday | 12pm – 4pm | Adults $8, Children $4 | Email to book | Door sales available.