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Te Manawa

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Te Manawa's programme includes a variety of collection based and hand's on, interactive exhibitions developed in house, as well as national and international touring shows. In the courtyard stand two historic buildings, Totaranui Settlers Cottage and Awahou South Schoolhouse.

"Pacific Monarch" in front of Te Manawa.
Paul Dibble
Pacific Monarch, 1992
Collection of Te Manawa Art Society Inc.
Gertrude Raikes Bequest

Collection Type
Art, Historic Site, History, Natural History, Science, Taonga Maori, Technology

Contact Details
Postal address iconPrivate Bag 11 055, Palmerston North
Telephone number icon64-6-355 5000
Web address iconhttp://www.temanawa.co.nz
Email address iconenquiries@temanawa.co.nz

Visitor Information
Physical address icon326 Main Street, Palmerston North, New Zealand
Hours of operation iconDaily 10am-5pm
Charges iconFree Entry / Koha

Wheelchair accessParkingFunction SpacePublic ProgrammesMembership ClubToilets


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Te Rangi Whenua

Open daily, Te Taiwhanga o Te Rangi Whenua (Te Rangi Whenua Gallery) shares the stories of iwi groups in the Manawatū, Rangitīkei and Horowhenua regions. The unique gallery walls feature interwoven panels, decorated ...

Region:Palmerston North
Dates: 23-Jun-2018, 24-Jun-2018, 25-Jun-2018, 26-Jun-2018, 27-Jun-2018, 28-Jun-2018 View more sessions

Manawatū Journeys

Open Daily, a journey through our shared history - the stories and of the pioneers who shaped the land as we know it today. The Manawatū has always been a place that people have journeyed through, some stay for a long ...

Region:Palmerston North
Dates: 23-Jun-2018, 24-Jun-2018, 25-Jun-2018, 26-Jun-2018, 27-Jun-2018, 28-Jun-2018 View more sessions

Kids TM

Open daily, Kids TM is a vibrant, interactive, playful space at Te Manawa for children up to the age of eight and their caregivers. One of our long-term exhibitions, it gives children the chance to learn through play ...

Region:Palmerston North
Dates: 23-Jun-2018, 24-Jun-2018, 25-Jun-2018, 26-Jun-2018, 27-Jun-2018, 28-Jun-2018 View more sessions

Te Awa – The River – Heart of Manawatū

Te Awa – The River, Heart of the Manawatū explores our river from different angles: meet our local wildlife, learn about the river's history, explore how we use water and discover how our region was formed. Come and ...

Region:Palmerston North
Dates: 23-Jun-2018, 24-Jun-2018, 25-Jun-2018, 26-Jun-2018, 27-Jun-2018, 28-Jun-2018 View more sessions

Active Tots

A programme for the under-5s, focused on self-directed play and exploration.

Region:Palmerston North
Dates: 24-Jun-2018, 01-Jul-2018, 08-Jul-2018, 15-Jul-2018, 22-Jul-2018, 29-Jul-2018 View more sessions

Eric Brew: I Am of This

An exhibition surveying forty years of local artist Eric Brew's work. His murals will be familiar to anyone who's passed through the Feilding town centre, but to those the exhibition adds his still lifes, his landscapes ...

Region:Palmerston North
Dates: 23-Jun-2018, 24-Jun-2018, 25-Jun-2018, 26-Jun-2018, 27-Jun-2018, 28-Jun-2018 View more sessions

Excellence 2018

An exhibition showcasing the highest achieving secondary school students in the Manawatū region in the 2017 NCEA level three Visual Arts external examination.

Region:Palmerston North
Dates: 23-Jun-2018, 24-Jun-2018, 25-Jun-2018, 26-Jun-2018, 27-Jun-2018, 28-Jun-2018 View more sessions


SuperNova follows Nova by showcasing new stories and people behind selected art and objects acquired by Te Manawa between 2011 and 2016; this time the themes explored are ‘Te Awa/the river’, ‘Palmy at Play’ and ...

Region:Palmerston North
Dates: 23-Jun-2018, 24-Jun-2018, 25-Jun-2018, 26-Jun-2018, 27-Jun-2018, 28-Jun-2018 View more sessions

NOA Open Studio

Come join NOA for twice-weekly facilitated drawing sessions in the Te Manawa foyer. NOA is both an acronym for Notes Of Art and Te Reo for “an area without restriction, safe and open for everyone” - all are ...

Region:Palmerston North
Dates: 26-Jun-2018, 27-Jun-2018, 03-Jul-2018, 04-Jul-2018, 10-Jul-2018, 11-Jul-2018 View more sessions

Water Room

The Water Room is setting sail with a new programme of activities that concentrates on learning through play for toddlers and young children. It will be open to the public from Thursday to Sunday. Each week has a ...

Region:Palmerston North
Dates: 23-Jun-2018, 27-Jun-2018, 27-Jun-2018, 28-Jun-2018, 28-Jun-2018, 29-Jun-2018 View more sessions

Artist Lecture - Fables by Chloe Quenum

​Join in at Te Manawa for a unique talk on Thursday 28 June! Chloe Quenum, the 2018 French artist in residence at Te Whare Hera {Wellington}, will be giving a free public lecture about her artistic practice. Don’t ...

Region:Palmerston North
Dates: 28-Jun-2018

Weekend Discovery Time

Join the Weekend Discovery Time team on their weekend-long journey of exploration and learning. Activities and crafts span the breadth of art, science and history, taking in things like robots, Shakespeare, cooking ...

Region:Palmerston North
Dates: 23-Jun-2018, 29-Jun-2018, 30-Jun-2018, 06-Jul-2018, 07-Jul-2018, 13-Jul-2018 View more sessions

Puppet Portraits

Have your portrait painted by Enid, a small marionette with big dreams of being an artist. Enid and puppeteer Anna Bailey will be roaming the museum and sitting portrait sessions for an hour at a time at 11am, 1pm ...

Region:Palmerston North
Dates: 29-Jun-2018, 30-Jun-2018, 30-Jun-2018, 30-Jun-2018, 01-Jul-2018, 01-Jul-2018 View more sessions

The Secrets of Mona Lisa

Even for those who have been lucky enough to admire the Mona Lisa herself in Paris, "The Secrets of Mona Lisa" paints her in a new and revolutionary light. Grande Exhibitions’ latest offering presents the findings ...

Region:Palmerston North
Dates: 30-Jun-2018, 01-Jul-2018, 02-Jul-2018, 03-Jul-2018, 04-Jul-2018, 05-Jul-2018 View more sessions

Highbury Weavers

Raranga, the art of weaving, embodies spiritual values & beliefs of Tangata Whenua. It symbolises meanings and memories handed down from ancestors and actions the concept of weaving peoples together - whanaungatanga. ...

Region:Palmerston North
Dates: 03-Jul-2018, 31-Jul-2018, 02-Oct-2018, 03-Oct-2018, 06-Nov-2018, 04-Dec-2018 View more sessions

Jerome Kavanagh - Sound Journey

Let Grammy-winning taonga pūoro artist Jerome Kavanagh take you and your family on a “sound journey” through the original music of Aotearoa. Experience the mystery and beauty of traditional Māori instruments ...

Region:Palmerston North
Dates: 05-Jul-2018

Kuki Koori In The House

Kuki Koori is a live audio-visual spectacle, bringing together the music of Iain “Kuki” Gordon (keyboardist, Fat Freddy’s Drop, the Yoots, the Ebb) and the live animations of Mick Finn. "In The House" includes ...

Region:Palmerston North
Dates: 07-Jul-2018

Manawatū Woodworkers' Guild

The craftspeople of the Manawatū Woodworkers' Guild are masters of chisel and lathe. Come and see them transform chunks of wood into works of art.

Region:Palmerston North
Dates: 07-Jul-2018, 11-Aug-2018, 08-Sep-2018, 13-Oct-2018, 10-Nov-2018, 08-Dec-2018 View more sessions

Teddy Bear's Picnic

If you go to the Museum today you're sure of a big surprise! If you go to the Museum today you'd better go in disguise; For every bear that ever there was Will gather there for certain because Today's the day the ...

Region:Palmerston North
Dates: 09-Jul-2018

NZ and Midget Submarines In Asia in WWII

Presenter: RADM (Retd.) David Ledson. Entry by $3.00 donation to the Royal NZ Engineers Charitable Trust. Wilkins Theaterette, Te Manawa.

Region:Palmerston North
Dates: 12-Jul-2018

The Mermaid's Song

A whimsical adventure for the whole family emerges from a well travelled suitcase, and a fishing trip takes a magical turn when a lonely fisherman reels in a mermaid... The Mermaid's Song is performed by puppeteer ...

Region:Palmerston North
Dates: 12-Jul-2018, 13-Jul-2018, 13-Jul-2018, 19-Jul-2018, 20-Jul-2018, 20-Jul-2018 View more sessions

Mona Lisa Talks

See the Mona Lisa in a new light with our series of informative talks looking at the history, mythology and care of the world's most famous portrait. Our panel of experts includes: July 14: "The Greatest Painting in ...

Region:Palmerston North
Dates: 14-Jul-2018, 18-Aug-2018, 16-Sep-2018

World Emoji Day

Come to Te Manawa and join in our free emoji-inspired activities to celebrate everyone's favourite smilies. Design your own emoji using art and craft - and draw from the world's most famous smile - The Mona Lisa, for ...

Region:Palmerston North
Dates: 16-Jul-2018

Manawatū Embroiderers' Guild

Join the skilled needles of the Embroiderers' Guild to pick up a few tips, join in on creative projects or just for a chat!

Region:Palmerston North
Dates: 23-Jun-2018, 28-Jul-2018, 25-Aug-2018, 22-Sep-2018, 27-Oct-2018, 24-Nov-2018 View more sessions

The Red Cross During Two World Wars

Two key foundation principles of the Red Cross were its neutrality and impartiality, alongside its basic assumption of humanity shown to all. During the two World Wars these principles were tested, in New Zealand, as ...

Region:Palmerston North
Dates: 09-Aug-2018

Da Vinci Desserts

Explore The Secrets of Mona Lisa exhibition with a little something extra. Enjoy a curated selection of five French and Italian treats and a glass of bubbles, to accompany an evening spent with the world’s most famous ...

Region:Palmerston North
Dates: 10-Aug-2018, 07-Sep-2018, 21-Sep-2018, 05-Oct-2018

Mona Lisa Breakfasts

Start your day with an exclusive viewing of The Secrets of Mona Lisa and a Continental Breakfast. A Continental Breakfast is a lighter-style breakfast, as served in European hotels. Breakfast includes toast, ...

Region:Palmerston North
Dates: 14-Sep-2018, 12-Oct-2018

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