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Edwin Fox Maritime Museum

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Address: 1 Auckland St, Picton 7220, New Zealand
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+64 3-573 6868
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Edwin Fox is a great example of NZ Maritime History, 161 years old this...

The Edwin Fox is a great example of NZ Maritime History, 161 years old this year and currently listed as the 9th oldest ship in the world, the oldest surviving merchant ship, last surviving convict ship that took convicts to Australia and last wooden NZ immigrant ship and was also used to transport troops to the Crimean war.Come step aboard, go into the hull of the ship and visit the dry dock to get a real feel of the size of the ship and indeed what voyages would of been like!Open everyday group bookings and guided tours by arrangement.

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Surprise Find - Hidden Gem of a Museum

So glad we went, so many stories and so much history to this ship. And you get to board the ship and even go below the hull. Wonderful!

Reviewed 22 December 2016
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 22 December 2016

So glad we went, so many stories and so much history to this ship. And you get to board the ship and even go below the hull. Wonderful!

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Kjmemc, Manager at Edwin Fox Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Yes the access visitors have to ship is great and a unique opportunity in this day and age, thank you for a fantastic review, it is very much appreciated. More 

Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 22 December 2016

The exhibits are amazingly well preserved. You can even see the ship worm holes in the hull. From the time you walk up to the museum area and later onto the ship hold, you get that feel of how it was like to cram 400 people into a ship that small. Florence Nightingale was supposed to have sailed in that... More 

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Kjmemc, Manager at Edwin Fox Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Great review and we are pleased you enjoyed your visit. More 

Dunedin, New Zealand
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Reviewed 19 December 2016

Wow! This wow me. One of the best museums i have ever visited. So much information and to see the real Edwin Fox still preserved in the dry dock was simply mind blowing!

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Kjmemc, Manager at Edwin Fox Maritime Museum, responded to this review

We are glad that you found your visit mind blowing, we know how you feel! Many thanks for taking the time to review. More 

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Reviewed 22 November 2016 via mobile

I first saw the Edwin Fox when it was first put in dry dock in 1999 and thought it would make a great museum I wasn't wrong, the locals have made it into a fascinating display of a significant piece of our heritage. It's a must see in Picton especially if you're from NZ or Australia.

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Kjmemc, Manager at Edwin Fox Maritime Museum, responded to this review

We are pleased you returned to see the progress that has been made over the years and yes the small Picton community has done an amazing job over the past 40 + years. Thank you for the great review. More 

Muscat, Oman
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Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

I came across Edwin Fox Museum on my day trip to Picton and absolutely loved it. It is situated near the shore where you get off the interislander ship. The museum building is small and can be done in about an hour but the real gem is the Edwin Fox itself. You can go inside the ship and see how... More 

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Kjmemc, Manager at Edwin Fox Maritime Museum, responded to this review

We agree, everyone should visit our amazing museum! Thank you for the review. More 

Darwin, Australia
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Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

I was really surprised at how I felt about a visit here. I'd never seen a ship like this nor got so close to understanding what it must have been like for convicts and free settlers to travel to Australia and New Zealand from England. So glad it's been preserved. Would recommend for ship lovers or those who just want... More 

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Kjmemc, Manager at Edwin Fox Maritime Museum, responded to this review

We agree, Eddie is a hidden gem and the access you have to the ship is a great privilege. Thank you for an mazing review. More 

Blenheim
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Reviewed 2 November 2016

This is a little gem nestled in the town of Picton, that a lot of locals don't even know exists. The unasuming entrance is near the InterIslander ferry terminal and hides a wealth of history. On entering I was greeted by a very friendly and knowledgeable lady member of staff. Having explained a little about the ship I was guided... More 

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Kjmemc, Manager at Edwin Fox Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for the great explanation and glad you enjoyed your visit. It is unfortunate that some locals may not remember we are here, but hoping our recent appearance on the BBC Coast Show will help jog their memories into recommending us to visitors to the area. More 

Picton, New Zealand
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Reviewed 23 October 2016

Who would have thought that the world's oldest surviving merchant ship was in little old Picton? It has a fascinating history and the recreations of the quarters / conditions on board enhance the experience. Take your time to look around the displays in the museum part before going on board. If you are just passing through Picton take an hour... More 

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Kjmemc, Manager at Edwin Fox Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review us. We are a fantastic activity to do whilst you wait for the ferry. Oldest merchant ship in the world. Last surviving convict ship that took convicts to Oz. Last wooden Crimea War troop carrier. Last wooden immigrant ship to carry immigrants to NZ. One of the oldest ships left in the... More 

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Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

Great for a family visit! There is a kids area near the 30min movie and loads to see and explore! Must see!!

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Kjmemc, Manager at Edwin Fox Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Our kids area is a great distraction whilst parents watch the documentary and of course we have lots of family friendly activities on the ship too, rope tying, quoits and why not climb in a bunk bed and check out a straw mattress. Thank you for taking the time to review us. More 

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Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

If you are anywhere near Picton this is a must do. As soon as we arrived at the museum, our youngest son dragged us straight onto the preserved remains of the ship Edwin Fox. It was like stepping back in time. On the upper deck they have reconstructed scenes that would have appeared on the ship during its use bringing... More 

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Kjmemc, Manager at Edwin Fox Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. The ship does have a lot of atmosphere and we are really glad you enjoyed your visit. Many thanks. More 

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