Whanganui Regional Museum

The Whanganui Regional Museum, founded in 1892, has extensive collections of natural and human history with a regional emphasis. It houses objects of national and international significance. There are also significant collections from elsewhere, such as Pasifika tapa and ceramics from Asia and Cyprus.

The Museum programme includes long-term and short-term exhibitions, a changing calendar of programmes and events, lectures, fieldtrips, demonstrations and workshops as well as comprehensive education experiences, research services led by experts, identification of objects and specimens and heritage advisory services.

Exhibition highlights are: Te Ātihaunui-a-Pāpārangi - The Māori Court which features the waka taua (war canoe) Te Mata o Hoturoa and an internationally renowned collection of taonga Māori. Te Pataka Whakaahua - The Lindauer Gallery has portraits of prominent Māori rangatira (leaders) by renowned artist Gottfried Lindauer. The Street - Wanganui 1900-1920 is a recreation of shops and businesses from this prosperous time. In Land - mana whenua, mana tangata we see Whanganui, its land, its community and the town during the 19th century, through experiences of both tangata whenua and European settlers, with particular reference to land, spirituality, conflict and alliance.

A team of dedicated professional staff and community volunteers contribute their vision and energy caring for and sharing the stories of the Museum's collections.

The Museum Shop stocks a wide range of jewellery, souvenirs, books and DVDs.

Contact Details

P O Box 352, Whanganui

64-6-349 1110



Visitor Information

Watt St, Whanganui

10.00 am - 4.30 pm everyday except Christmas Day and Good Friday Archives Research Services open 10.00 am -1.00 pm weekdays except public holidays

Free to all visitors. Charges may apply to some special programmes


Wheelchair access

Reference library



Function space

Guided tour

Public programmes

Membership club


Other Facilities

Visitor Information Services/Lecture hall /Museum brochures /Tourist brochures
-39.932255 175.05228 16 Whanganui Regional Museum