Torpedo Bay Navy Museum, Devonport

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Explore New Zealand's naval history since the Flagstaff war of 1845 at Torpedo Bay Navy Museum, the official museum of New Zealand's navy. Having undergone a 1.5 million dollar refurbishment in 2010, the museum contains captivating displays on the Korean War, World War II, and the New Zealand-funded British battle cruiser, HMS New Zealand (look for the Maori warrior skirt given to the ship's commanding officer when it reached the country's shores in 1913). Children get the chance to dress in naval uniform and to consider the lives of servicemen and women at sea in interactive, immersive exhibits. Make Torpedo Bay Navy Museum a centerpiece of your Devonport vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Devonport trip planner .
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  • A very good museum to visit with many items on display and so much to learn. It’s an easy waterfront walk from the Devonport ferry terminal. Plus it’s free.  more »
  • It takes several hours to appreciate the stories of war and those NZ sailors who died in them. Some very interesting details of particular engagements in WW2. I especially noted that the NZ Navy's con...  more »
  • Fantastic, friendly staff. Lots of detail and some interactive displays and activities to keep kids occupied and interested. Not too big. Great playground outside overlooking the harbor with an awesome cafe and toilets. Parking is tight so make sure you arrive early. Quick drive from here to gun emplacements on the hill behind where kids can climb the massive gun and explore the pitch black underground caves and tunnels. Fantastic day out for big and little children!
  • Very well curated and maintained. Entertaining exhibition with a lot of interesting pieces and informative displays. Friendly staff, a guided visit is well worth it since they are knowledgeable and nice overall. A very fun thing to do in one of the rooms is to try real navy uniforms and take pictures in them. The cafe is very nice and the gift shop has nice items at a reasonable price. The admission is free but you can donate so they can keep up the good work.
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