Location / Nearby Katherine Mansfield House and Garden
Enter the 1888 home of a fashionable colonial family and discover the world and writing of internationally acclaimed New Zealand writer Katherine Mansfield at her birthplace. Enjoy a heritage garden and changing exhibitions. Open Tuesday to Sunday. Entry fees apply, guided tours by arrangement. Reopened October 2019 following redevelopment.
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Katherine Mansfield House and Garden
Nothing to ride home about. I found it boring. The garden is simple and not a show stopper so, garden lovers like me perhaps expect too much when the word "garden" is used in a title! It takes no more than 10-15 minutes to walk through the house and its not an ideal thing to do with little ones because the temptation to touch is great. I suppose that native NZs hold so much esteem for this writer that the museum holds more value to them but for me, an immigrant, it didn’t quite do anything for me.
Worth a visit
A step back into yester year. What an amazing woman. Well worth the visit. See not only the house and how people lived but also some of the frocks she was dressed in.
Fascinating and charming
For any person who enjoys literature and the story of authors, this is an excellent Museum. It would also be of interest for people with a fascination for domestic colonial life in the Victorian era.
The new timeline of Katherine Mansfield‘s life is excellent and equates to reading a biography.
The bookshop has a range of volumes of her short stories, biographies, information books about Mansfield’s life in Wellington and Victoriana.
The open hours are posted on the gate or you can call them.
One of the small museums you might overlook... Don’t! It’s great!!
If you have an interest in New Zealand literature, in colonial buildings, in gardens, or in dollhouses, this lovingly restored building is well worth a visit. Helpful, friendly staff on site add to the enjoyment. There is a terrific display of dollhouses (to mark Mansfield’s short story "The Dollhouse") and a room dedicated to outlining her life and times. The rest of the house is furnished and equipped to reflect what it would have been like when Mansfield lived there as a young girl. Budget a few house to visit and enjoy. It’s a peaceful oasis to take a break from the busy city too.
walked in the rain
i am crazy about katherine mansfield so we walked all the way to her house from our bnb to find that it was closed.at least google or the people should have updated the info that it was closed for viewing.we just saw the garden and hse from outside and took picture .it was so sad
Fascinating glimpse into Mansfield’s world
Having read some of her short stories when I was much younger, I was interested to see the place where she was born. Not only have they recreated the rooms so that one can imagine her family living there, but the superb video documentary brought the author alive and by the end of the hour or so’s visit I was determined to go out and buy her complete works. I am currently working through the sizable tome and enjoying each charming insightful story with great relish.
Full of atmosphere
I spent a happy 1 1/2 hours here & had the place almost to myself. Some of the knick knacks reminded me of things in my grandmother’s house e.g the Victorian stone hot water bottles. You can walk around on your own and see all the old furniture, dolls, rocking horses, toys etc used by the Beauchamp family. I found the
50 min video interesting. Katherine was a friend of D.H. Lawrence and Virginia Woolf and was in with the Bloomsbury writers. You can buy her books (among other souvenirs) in the shop there. The front and back gardens are small but pleasant. It’s easy to walk to the house from the central district. The staff at the desk are nice and and can answer your questions about Katherine. She lived here for the first 6 years of her life.
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