Whanganui Regional Museum

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Whanganui Regional Museum
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Speciality Museums • History 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
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4.0
75 reviews
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Ross C
Richmond, New Zealand261 contributions
Very good regional museum
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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RocheMaree
Hawera, New Zealand536 contributions
Just Visit - Don't Leave Till a Rainy Day
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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John L
Cambridge, New Zealand161 contributions
A good provincial museum
Oct 2020
visiting with my wife and friends, we spent a very pleasant hour or so at the museum. My wife and her friend thoroughly enjoyed the visit with myself perhaps a little less enthusiastic. The areas i did enjoy and would have liked to have seen more of, were displays of early Wanganui history and the personal stories. Having said this, it was free and we did enjoy our visit.
Written 11 October 2020
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Karen L
7 contributions
Do not miss if you are in Whanganui for a couple of days or longer.
Jun 2020
A blend of past and present. Some exhibition gems. Easily spend an hour and a half. Helpful staff. Thanks
Written 13 June 2020
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Rod Cramb
Randburg, South Africa35 contributions
New Zealand family visit
Jan 2020
We spent almost two hours wandering around the museum, and quite honestly could have spent longer. Loads of Maori and British history. Lots of clear concise information, well laid out. Free entry, but all donations gratefully received!
Written 15 January 2020
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Vicki Havill
6 contributions
Interesting Museum
Jan 2020
Took around 1.5 hours to look around everything. We opened drawers, read displays and it was awesome. For an older museum layout (compared to say, New Plymouth), they have done a great job at capturing the imagination and I loved the way there were opportunities to dress up, take photos, have kids pretend they are at an early school etc. They had a wide range of history about Whanganui and particularly the iwi from the area from which I descend. It was humbling to see my tūpuna on the walls and learning more about them.
The moa exhibit was awesome! Such huge birds. Such a pity they are gone. We did overhear one person asking if they were extinct - glad they learned something today (we wondered how the heck they had made it to adulthood and not known this - they were kiwis!)
A great gift shop although it would be good to have more books on iwi history there available for purchase. Good selection of nice items where I spent some considerable about of money on.
A wonderful afternoon spent reading, looking, learning, chatting and questioning. What else could you ask for?
Written 5 January 2020
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Thank you for your wonderful review, we hope you can visit us again in the near future. Happy 2020 and warmest regards. Kia Ora.
Written 8 January 2020
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MCRwindsor
Ammanford, UK191 contributions
Maori history and Moa bird bones!
Jan 2020 • Couples
We spent a very interesting hour or so in this museum. It’s free to get in but they do rely on visitor donations. Be prepared to leave your bags at reception and that you cannot photograph the Maori exhibits. They are very proud of their Moa bones, the extinct flightless bird that used to live in New Zealand. The Maori carvings on the exhibits are beautiful, so intricate and detailed. There are also pictures of Maori leaders with a bit of history. Upstairs are meteorite samples, fossils, drawers full of insect samples, native birds, weaponry and lots of other Whanganui related things. If you read everything, you could be here for hours. Very friendly staff, especially the young man we spoke to yesterday, he made us feel so welcome and was so enthusiastic about the museum.
Written 31 December 2019
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Rebekah A
North Parramatta, Australia23 contributions
Wow.
Sep 2019 • Friends
Words cannot accurately describe how much we enjoyed our visit here today.

We were greeted by a friendly man at the front desk, who gave us a brief explanation of the museum layout and the exhibits on display.

We spent about an hour exploring the museum, learning about Maori and New Zealand history, and enjoying the information and history behind the items displayed.

Such a well curated collection, and a really enjoyable experience.
Written 19 September 2019
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Ian
1 contribution
Awesome experience
Jul 2019 • Solo
Had a fantastic visit to the museum. Amazing displays and friendly, helpful staff made for an awesome day out.
Written 7 July 2019
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SLRobinsonNZ
Whanganui, New Zealand627 contributions
Open at last
Apr 2019 • Family
It is good to see it finally open. Nice and spacious and enough to keep the young grandkids happy for a while. Anyone used to the old one will find themselves looking for things they remember. At least they kept the sunfish on the wall. Well worth a visit. The signs regarding where you are allowed to take photos need to be more obvious.
Written 19 April 2019
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  • Sun - Sat 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM

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