The Great War Exhibition


Wed 25 May 2016, 9:00am–6:00pm
Thu 26 May 2016, 9:00am–6:00pm
Fri 27 May 2016, 9:00am–6:00pm
Sat 28 May 2016, 9:00am–6:00pm
Sun 29 May 2016, 9:00am–6:00pm

Where: Dominion Museum Building, 15 Buckle Street, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult Admission: $15.00
  • Child Admission, 16 years and under: $0.00
  • Adult Guided Tour (Including Admission): $25.00
  • Child Guided Tour, 16 years and under (Including Admission): $5.00
  • Family Front (Including Admission): $55.00
  • Door Sales Only

The Great War Exhibition, created by Sir Peter Jackson, commemorates the very significant part that New Zealand played in the First World War. Over the next four years, the visitor are able to journey through the war, year by year, seeing the challenges that emerged. The journey is rich in personal stories which tell of the gritty experience of the battlefields and the hardships at home during war-time New Zealand. The visitor will experience the desperate horrors and the triumphs of the human spirit that were part of the Great War.

We honour those lost in the First World War.

The Great Hall of Wellington’s historic Dominion Museum houses the Exhibition that depicts the world-wide story of the war in chronological order, exploring the changing face of the conflict as it affected those who fought it from 1914-1918.

The ANZ New Zealand room opened this Anzac Day. It is a special space in the Exhibition as it focuses on New Zealand’s story. The storytelling begins in 1915 with mobilisation and with the seminal Gallipoli campaign. It touches on the incredible hardship that was suffered by New Zealanders at Gallipoli. It was from the shared tragedy at home and away that a special part of New Zealand’s national character was born. The ANZ New Zealand room contains a large scale diorama of the battlefield at Chunuk Bair featuring an army of over 5000 miniatures. It depicts that battle in the Gallipoli campaign where, on 8 August 1915, the Wellington Battalion under Lieutenant Colonel Malone took and defended the Turkish defences on the heights of the ridge line overlooking the Gallipoli beach head. This was the high water mark for the Allied forces during the campaign. The diorama shows the desperate fighting, bravery and leadership on both sides that characterised this crucial battle.

In true Sir Peter Jackson fashion, this is a 3 part Exhibition, making it a trilogy. The Trench Experience will open in 2016 (a small charge will apply) and will provide the visitor with­­ a glimpse of what many grandfathers and their compatriots went through in the First World War. The visitor will be ‘in the trenches’ and will hear the sound of associated warfare and smell the real scents of the challenging environment that thousands of men lived and fought in for many months and where only the very fortunate survived.

To book a tour or to find out more information on The Great War Exhibition, please visit our website.

Last entry are as follows:
6pm close (5pm last entry)

The Exhibition will be open until 11 November 2018.

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