Friday, September 21, 2018
DECADES OF NAME CHANGE ...
In the old days the lovely old-style museum in the historic Bond Store, on Wellington's waterfront, was known as the Maritime Museum of Wellington. Then, when the very good National Maritime Museum in Auckland got its "National" status, a name-change had to be contemplated, and our museum became the Museum of Wellington, City and Sea.
Ponderous, I admit. Now, it is simply known as Wellington Museum, but it is just as great. And it has recently been voted one of the top 50 museums in the world.
And it is free. And it is in easy walking distance of the cruise shuttle bus stops. If the shuttle stops in Wakefield Street, at the i-Site, an ambassador will direct you to the waterfront, where you can traipse north to Queen's Wharf, where the museum sits on the corner of the access to the city.
If you are decanted on Lambton Quay, near the Old Government House, an ambassador will direct you to Featherston Street, where an easy walk will take you south to Queen's Wharf, where the museum dominates the entry.
There are all kinds of reasons to visit this museum, quite apart from the clean, handy restrooms, and the extremely tempting and well-laid-out gift shop. The museum itself is a revelation of our colonial past.
We paid one of our many visits yesterday, to check the latest offerings with the extremely helpful young man in reception. First, as he reminded us, the museum will open an hour early -- at 9 a.m. -- on cruise ship days. Second, he recommended that after entering via the Bond Store (watch for the rat and the cat!) the tour should start at the top, in the newly created Attic. And yes, there is an elevator.