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Whanganui Regional Museum

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Address: 62 Ridgway St, Whanganui 4500, New Zealand
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+64 6-349 1110
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Mon - Sat 10:00 - 16:30

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Tempoorary Museum Annex worth visiting

The Whanganui Regional Museum is been earthquake strengthened at the moment and a temporary annex has been installed in Ridgway Street two doors west of the Big Orange cafe on... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 10 October 2016
Christodoulos M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

The Whanganui Regional Museum is been earthquake strengthened at the moment and a temporary annex has been installed in Ridgway Street two doors west of the Big Orange cafe on Victoria Street. featuring some of the unique treasures of the Museum and as well as moa bones, and Maori artifacts it also features some of Whanganui's local history. Worth a... More 

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Thank Christodoulos M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

Popped in for the first since this has opened in town. The Museum looks fantastic. Small but perfectly formed and well worth a visit.

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Hove, UK
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Compared to other regional museums, this is a good one. It's small and focused on the region, including settlement of the area. There's a great collection of Gottfried Landauer portraits of Maori leaders. There's also a touching exhibit on WWI that follows the path of one soldier, Billy, through to his enlistment and his sad passing. Interestingly, he took photos... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016

We stopped almost on a whim, not even knowing that it was there until we walked past. While the museum is bigger than it looks, it is still a compact museum capable of being visited relatively quickly. We were there for maybe an hour, and saw as much as we needed to. You could stay for longer, but its not... More 

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Didcot
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2016

We spent more time than we had intended here, as the Museum has a fascinating collection of artefacts and historical information. The building itself is beautifully maintained and a delight to visit.

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2016

A good place to learn a bit of history of Wanganui - European settlement. It was interesting. The museum has a good gift shop. Entry is free. An enjoyable interlude !

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Whanganui, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2016

This is a great place to take the kids for a couple hours during the school holidays. There are activities and a scavenger hunt the kids can do.

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2016

If you have some time to spare (or need something to do while your partner goes shopping) then the museum is worth a visit. It is a nice size - you feel you have seen everything when you leave. Being a keen amateur photographer, not being able to take photos inside was frustrating but at least it is free.

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Hawera, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2016 via mobile

Came for a day trip to Wanganui. Decided to see the sights. The museum was pretty fun. Gave an insight into the history of the area and had lots to do. Would be cool for kids too. The ladies on reception were cool too.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2016 via mobile

What I liked about this museum was that most of the sections were particularly focused on the history of Whanganui itself. The place is not that big but it is really original and authentic.

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RiahK_WRM, Programmes Officer at Whanganui Regional Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for your comments Reza, we are glad you had a good time visiting our Museum and enjoyed our Whanganui content (we are lucky to be based in such an interesting region!). More 

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