Sarjeant Gallery Whanganui

Sarjeant Gallery Whanganui

Artwork with a comprehensive NZ art history

The Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui was founded through the generosity of one man to his home city. In 1912, Henry Sarjeant left a huge sum of money – the equivalent of over $70 million in today’s terms – to establish the gallery “as a means of inspiration for ourselves and those who come after us”.

The Gallery opened in 1919 and is recognised as one of the country’s most important heritage buildings. Over the last 99 years, through the Sarjeant bequest and the many kind gifts of subsequent benefactors, the collection  has become one of national importance and numbers over 8500 works of New Zealand and international art, spanning 400 years. The Sarjeant Collection includes the one of New Zealand’s best photographic collections, which includes the Denton Collection, and outside private collections houses the largest holding of Edith Collier’s work.

The Sarjeant Gallery exhibitions, events and the nationally significant permanent collection are currently located in a modern warehouse space at Sarjeant on the Quay at 38 Taupō Quay, while the original Sarjeant Gallery at Pukenamu, Queens Park waits for the $35m redevelopment to commence. The redevelopment will strengthen, restore, rebuild the original building and will add a new wing to the rear. It is recommended that anyone new to Whanganui visits both sites and enjoy the exhibitions and events at Sarjeant on the Quay; and admire the stunning iconic Sarjeant Gallery at Pukenamu, Queens Park.

Sarjeant Gallery Whanganui

Sarjeant Gallery Whanganui
  • How Old?

    The existing New Zealand collection is a significant and comprehensive holding of art from the 1840s until the present day.

  • Contemporary photography

    For over 25 years, the Sarjeant has demonstrated a strong commitment to this and is recognised as a premier gallery in this respect.

  • The future Sarjeant

    Visit for a sneak preview of the Sarjeant’s multi-million dollar redevelopment project.

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38 Taupo Quay, Whanganui 4500

Monday to Sunday – 10:30am to 4:30pm
Anzac Day – 1.00pm to 4.30pm
Christmas Day & Good Friday – Closed

Please note: Sarjeant on the Quay’s exhibition space will be closed from Monday, 15 February until 6.30 pm on Friday, 19 February for maintenance.

(06) 349 0506
1-2 hours
No Dogs, Parking Available, Art, No Smoking, Toilets, Wifi Available, Family Friendly

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