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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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Fine small museum

We visited this fine small museum on the way to catch the ferry. It is all about one ship, the Edwin Fox - built in 1853, rare surviving convict transport, rescued as a hulk and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 13 April 2016
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Brisbane, Australia
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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2016 via mobile

We visited this fine small museum on the way to catch the ferry. It is all about one ship, the Edwin Fox - built in 1853, rare surviving convict transport, rescued as a hulk and brought to Picton. Can walk down into the hull, see recreated living quarters, and read fine information boards. Small retail section attached. See segment on... More 

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

Thank you for seeing the value in our Picton treasure, its a shame the previous reviews mentioned the cost of entrance, we believe we are good value for money and these projects do cost money to run unfortunately, here at the Edwin Fox we manage almost solely on our door sales to stay open and ship preserved for future generations... More 

Rangiora, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2016 via mobile

Wonderful job of preservation and great display of the history of this old ship. Only minus is the entry price for a relatively small museum.

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

Hi thank you for taking the time to review. Unfortunately not being a funded museum we do have to charge a fee, which enables us to preserve the ship for future generations to enjoy. More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2016 via mobile

Ok for a visit, some of the stories are great. If you had to go out of your way to go I wouldn't bother. Could have done more with the $30 it cost for both of us.

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

Sorry you didn't feel we were value for money, this is rare to have this feedback we have taken it on board. More 

East Molesey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2016 via mobile

My friend and I learnt a lot about the convict ships at school so on our travels we saw the ship and were very excited! It was brilliant seeing something in action and the staff are friendly and knowledgable.

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

Thank you for taking the time to review us it is greatly appreciated and all helps to get the word out there that The Edwin Fox ship is a worthwhile tourist activity for Picton. More 

Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2016

There are very few of these ships remaining in the world. If you have any interest in what it was like to travel on them, the deprivations and hazards, then this is a must for you. IT IS REAL. However be aware that this ship has not been restored to former glory, but only stabilized so it does not deteriorate... More 

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

Thank you for your fantastic review, yes we are a great rainy day activity and we are very glad you enjoyed your visit. More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2016 via mobile

Get this one threw in to compass the lost of harbour trip. They showed a very good and informative film. The ship herself is a wreck, but made impressive view of old timber. These ships were built to last... all in one, a very nice museum: take easily 2 hrs to get through

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Winter Park, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2016

This museum showcases the hull of the Edwin Fox, a nineteenth century merchant sailing ship which was used (once) to transport convicts from England to Australia and also to transport immigrants to New Zealand during the early years of its settlement. The hull of the Edwin Fox has been preserved (but not restored) through the heroic efforts of a group... More 

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

Wow, thank you for such a great review, I am very glad you enjoyed exploring our fantastic ship and that you appreciate we need to charge the entry fee. We would love to be one day a heavily subsidized museum for all to come and enjoy, but to future customers reading this, your entrance fee goes to keeping our museum... More 

Brisbane
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2016

We enjoyed our fascinating visit to the Museum learning the history of the Edwin Fox. A 'must do' whilst in Picton.

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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2016 via mobile

The Edwin Fox Museum-extravaganza-spectacle-thingy is definitely not for everyone. However, if it is indeed your speed, you'll be enraptured! (Maritime nerds and history aficionados, this is your kinda place.) Although surprisingly pricey, there's value for certain adult tourists - yet the little ones will be mostly, if not completely, bored. There's an overwhelming amount of detail re: the ship's voyages,... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to write such an interesting review. We do feel we have a family / child friendly environment and most kids love our kids area in the museum and especially being able to get into the bunk beds etc on the ship, the ships wheel and dress up box also being a very popular photo... More 

Moscow, Idaho
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016 via mobile

This is a nice museum , but 15$ for a ticket is too much, the old price was 8$ and that was fair. The story of the ship is interesting though.

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

Hi, thank you for your review, unlike a lot of larger museum's we are not government funded. Our fee was $8 over 10 years ago, it then went up to $10 and due to financial constraints of the charity, lack of volunteers and the fact a price increase was last around 8 years ago we did need to put our... More 

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