Whanganui Regional Museum
Collection of natural and human history!
The Whanganui Regional Museum building is currently undergoing earthquake strengthening, reconstruction and refurbishment. The Museum will be re-opening March 2019. Please see the Museum Facebook page for more details!
Set in the heart of the Whanganui cultural centre on Queens Park, the Whanganui Regional Museum offers visitors a rare experience-a journey into the hearts and minds of the people of Whanganui, and a look at their treasures, their loves, their everyday lives and their dramas, their history and their future.
When the ordinary is exchanged for the extraordinary, you know you’re in Whanganui. Famed for its Taonga Māori Collection, you can see the exceptional creations of the tūpuna (ancestors) of today’s Whanganui River Māori.
Settlers and their struggles, the natural world of Whanganui and the creation of a mature and sometimes controversial town are interpreted in a changing exhibition programme with a world-class collection.
Children can find plenty to do and see. Spend time browsing in the Museum Shop which features local and Māori jewellery, books, cards and other New Zealand-made items.
The Whanganui Regional Museum Trust is an independent legal entity that owns the collection and governs the development of the Museum on behalf of the community. The Museum has a close relationship with the Wanganui District Council which provides a significant percentage of the Museum’s funding requirements.
Independent charitable trust status provides leverage for adding value to the ratepayer contribution. Other funding sources include Ministry of Education contract; Donations, admissions, facilities hire, shop sales and other services; and Fundraising for projects, operations and capital renewals through grants, sponsorship, donations and bequests.
You can always become a friend of the Museum-receive the great benefits of being a Museum Friend and at the same time play a part in supporting a world-renowned Museum and collection. As a Museum Friend your support is acknowledged through incentives including invitations to our major exhibition openings and discounts on shop products and events.
Visit us using the Main entrance from the forecourt of the War Memorial Hall, Watt Street.
Whanganui Regional Museum
Made in NZ
Spend time browsing in the Museum Shop which features local and Māori jewellery, books, cards and other New Zealand-made items
One of the secrets of the Whanganui Regional Museum is the The Lindauer Gallery with portraits of prominent Māori rangatira (leaders) by renowned artist Gottfried Lindauer.
Hop out and see what else you can do in the famous Queens Park!
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