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Great War Exhibition closing soon; 440,000 visitors since it opened


News from Great War Exhibition
The Great War Exhibition will close at 6pm on Sunday December 2nd. It was designed as a temporary exhibition, to be open for the duration of the First World War centenary, and close following the November 11th Armistice Day Ceremony.

The Exhibition has been an important part of the centenary programme. It has been well-attended by the public and has made a significant contribution towards the programme objectives around connecting people with this important era of our history.

“It is tinged with disappointment that we close, but all staff and volunteers involved in the design, construction and ongoing presentation of this world class exhibition can take great pride knowing that this very important part of New Zealand’s social history has been so highly regarded by all visitors, whether local or international,” says General Manager Dave Clearwater.

Visitors & Bookings

Due to increasing interest in the Exhibition and Quinn’s Post Trench Experience, the ability to book online has now been removed. Unprecedented demand of pre-booked tours was preventing ‘walk up’ visitors from having the opportunity to fully experience The Great War Exhibition.

More than 440,000 people have visited The Great War Exhibition since it opened in April 2015.

The Quinn’s Post Trench Experience has added a further dimension for many visitors, with over 30,000 people hosted through the multi-sensory trench and tunnel system created by Sir Peter Jackson and his talented team.

With December 2nd fast approaching, we are encouraging the public to visit The Great War Exhibition and the Quinn’s Post Trench Experience before it closes.

All of our visitors are important to us, as reflected in our TripAdvisor rating, however during our three and a half years of operation, there have also been many international guests, including diplomats, politicians, military leaders, famous sporting figures, well-known actors and many more interesting high-profile visitors.

We are open from 9 am – 6 pm every day. If you have been through The Great War Exhibition but would like to visit The Quinn’s Post Trench Experience, then please be aware that The Trench runs every ten minutes from 9:10 am to 5:20 pm. If you visit during the week, then coming early in the morning or last thing in the evening when we are quieter, may help to avoid queues.

A few hints to help you enjoy your visit.

Our weekends have been humming, with many people taking the opportunity to visit one last time before we close. If you’d like to visit during the weekend, we recommend getting here at 9 am when we open. If you purchase a general admission and do have to wait to get onto a tour or a Trench Experience, you are welcome to go through the Exhibition or view our ANZ Gallipoli Gallery, which contains hundreds of colourised images. Just keep an eye on the time to ensure you’re back at the right location 10 minutes before your fully guided tour or Trench Experience starts.