Our Visitor Experiences
The future doesn’t happen to children – they create it!
Capital E is New Zealand’s leading centre for creativity for young people, based in Wellington. We engage children and young people to ignite and fuel their creativity; equipping them to contribute as confident, capable citizens who have the skills to shape a positive future for themselves and their communities.
We connect New Zealand’s vibrant professional performing arts sector with young audiences through live performance programmes, including our biennial pan-arts Festival; our theatre development and national touring programme; innovative technology workshops in our MediaLab and OnTV Studio; and ever-changing experiences and large scale family events centred at Capital E Noku Te Ao on Queens Wharf.
At our heart is respect for the voices, expectations and values of children and young people. We want to share our expertise in live performance and digital technology with you – let’s have fun and get creative!
Address: 4 Queens Wharf, Wellington Website: www.capitale.org.nz
It presents a dynamic programme of changing exhibitions dedicated to the most current thinking, creativity and innovation in art practice in the broadest sense. It is a hub for artistic and cultural activity in Wellington that reinforces the city’s commitment to art and creativity.
City Gallery works collaboratively with artists, galleries, collectors and educators to realise programmes of activity that are relevant, push and test art’s boundaries and both transform and provide insight into our understanding of our world.
Address: Civic Square, 101 Wakefield Street, Wellington Website: citygallery.org.nz
Museums Wellington is also the guardian of the Trust’s collections, including heritage buildings that are of cultural, social, historical, scientific and technological significance. The Collections are an integral part of the Trust’s role and are being developed so that they fully allow visitors to experience and appreciate the Wellington region’s unique identity.
These days, the museum is home to two of the original grip cars, restored to their former glory as well as the historic winding machinery, which has been restored to working order.
Address: 1 Upland Road (Top of the Cable Car), Wellington
Built in 1858, Nairn Street Cottage is one of Wellington’s oldest original cottages and is home to the story of the Wallis family, who lived there for three generations. The visitor centre features an innovative timeline, revealing what life would have been like from 1830-1970. Journey through time and experience these social and technological changes within the house itself. Outside the cottage is the heritage garden, which features plants, fruit trees, herbs and three heritage chickens. The garden is open anytime to take a picnic and stroll around. Address: 68 Nairn Street, Wellington
In our galleries, discover the sheer scale of the Universe and its origins in the Big Bang, the Māori story of creation, and examine the possibility of life on other planets. And then, with the help of our friendly staff, take a look at the night sky through our Thomas Cooke Telescope.
Address: 40 Salamanca Road, Wellington
Housed in a significant heritage building on the waterfront, Wellington Museum offers a wonderful insight into the rich social and cultural history of Wellington. The interactive and exciting exhibitions engage visitors of all ages.
Address: The Bond Store, Queens Wharf, Wellington
Established in 1987, the New Zealand Cricket Museum is located in the historic Museum Stand at Wellington’s iconic Basin Reserve. The Museum shows there’s more to cricket than Tests and tea breaks, with exhibits that highlight the game’s development since its early 1800s introduction to New Zealand summers.
As the nation’s only cricket museum, and one of just a handful of sport museums, the Cricket Museum is an important resource for cricket fans and researchers alike. With a gallery filled with the players and moments you remember, and an archive containing thousands of important documents and photos, there’s something here for everyone.
Address: Old Grandstand, Basin Reserve,Wellington