Whanganui Regional Museum
Whanganui Regional Museum
4.5
Speciality MuseumsHistory Museums
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
Set in Pukenamu Queen’s Park, in the cultural heart of Whanganui, the Whanganui Regional Museum offers visitors a look into the hearts and minds of the people of Whanganui and their treasures. The Museum is famed for its Taonga Maori Collection. You will see the exceptional creations of tupuna (ancestors) of Whanganui tangata whenua (indigenous people). The natural world of Whanganui and the development of an innovative and creative town are interpreted in a changing exhibition programme with a world-class collection. Spend time browsing in the Museum Shop which features local and Maori jewellery, books, cards and other New Zealand-made items. Whanganui Regional Museum is open to visitors every day of the year except Christmas Day and Good Friday, from 10.00am to 4.30pm. Entry is free. Donations are greatly appreciated.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Jaymee70
Queenstown, New Zealand47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Spent one hour at the museum. Many different things were displayed. Birds display with their sounds were fun. Kids enjoyed.
Lady at the entrants was kind and very informative. Explaining about displays and “do and don’t “ with very kind ways to kids. Very pleasant visit.
Written 6 August 2023
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Thanks for the wonderful review Jaymee70, we're so glad you and the kids enjoyed your time with us!
Written 6 August 2023
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Perry B
Sydney, Australia2,559 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
We had shared a fabulous day here while the Chinese National Costume day was on in April. The fun events were scheduled in an attractive room art the back of the facility and ewe thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing. we also took the opportunity to look around the rest of the Museum . The net result was that my wife was very impressed with the extensive colonial Whanganui exhibits upstairs.
Written 22 July 2023
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Thanks for joining us Perry, and we're so glad you were able to spend time seeing more of the Museum!
Written 24 July 2023
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JElliot32
New South Wales, Australia3,843 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
We thought this an excellent museum - the bar is set high right from the start when you look downstairs to the arresting sight of that area's centrepiece, a mighty and decorated waka (war canoe). In this area there was also a mini-diaroma piece on how the Maori fell trees, obviously created many years ago. I'd never seen anything like it before - I loved it. Upstairs, I thought the natural history area was really strong, especially the section on the Moa, with reconstructed Moa and lots and lots of bones. The old photos, mainly of Maori life, are also outstanding. Spent a bit over two hours here - and if I'd been staying on in town would have happily come back again the next day.
Written 20 April 2023
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Thank you for taking the time to write this wonderful review, JElliot32. We're so pleased you enjoyed your experience at Whanganui Regional Museum.
Written 7 May 2023
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Perry B
Sydney, Australia2,559 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Ann excellent provincial museum with very good historical exhibits in particular. we spent a happy rainy afternoon there! Maoritanga is well canvassed , too.
Written 5 February 2023
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Great to hear we made your rainy day fun Perry! Thanks for your stellar review. :-)
Written 14 February 2023
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JedAfterthought
Levin, New Zealand241 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
Perfect size for a museum with interesting displays from our bicultural past. Best array of moa bones I’ve seen! Some conversation-provoking material in the taxidermy room, with a Tasmanian tiger, and other extinct species on display elsewhere: including a pair of huia. But they are well presented, and allow us to marvel at our recent losses. Maori material culture is richly presented. Well worth a visit for the price of your koha.
Written 1 October 2022
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Thanks for your very thoughtful review JedAfterThought! WRM
Written 24 October 2022
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Owen J
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Though we would poke our nose just through front door to see if worth going in, managed to get out about an hour later. So much to see and learn, great section on history of whangaui
Written 25 September 2022
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Thanks OwenJ235, we're so glad you came in! WRM
Written 24 October 2022
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mccdzyne
Papamoa, New Zealand605 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
This museum has the best display of Lindauer portrait artworks in NZ , better than the Auckland museum.
Great insight also to some local history both of Maori and the earlier settlers. Worth a visit
Written 6 June 2022
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Thanks for the great review mccdzyne, we're glad you enjoyed your visit!
Written 29 August 2022
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Bauenmore
Dunedin, New Zealand16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Museum is the best regional museum I have seen. The Maori exhibits are outstanding. It is well set out. The photos are excellent
Written 10 February 2022
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Thank you Bauenmore!
Written 29 August 2022
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Ross C
Richmond, New Zealand258 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
Very good regional museum with terrific set of Lindauer paintings, one modern and two historic waka taua on display . Lots of exhibits including beaked whale skeletons, 19th century street and home life items o mezzanine floor. Maybe best viewed in two bits: ground floor 1-2 hours, and 1 hour for mezzanine level.
Written 11 March 2021
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Thanks for the recommendation RossC1642!
Written 29 August 2022
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RocheMaree
Hawera, New Zealand546 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
Fab provincial museum just off the main drag in the middle of town! Modern, fresh, well lit and just the right size to whizz around on perfectly formed pathways within an hour and a half.

The Lindauer painting collection is amazing as is the huge amount of moa bones.

There is plenty to keep the kids interested. The taxidermy animals and the extensive 'poo' collection were a firm favorite that was talked about for the rest of the day.

What really clinched the visit was the passion and service from the ladies who welcomed us. They explained the must see highlights, gave the kids a museum scavenger hunt with stamps as a prize for finishing and also advised a great lunch spot.

Well done ladies, you are fab ambassadors to promote this ace museum and beautiful city.
Written 22 January 2021
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