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Whanganui Regional Museum

62 Ridgway St, Whanganui 4500, New Zealand
+64 6-349 1110
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Probably the Best Smaller City Museum in New Zealand.

This is a highlight of any visit to Wanganui. Displays vary and the permanent ones are varied in... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Peter H
Stevens,PA, United States

We were hoping to visit the museum. It is shut so structural repairs can be carried out. We... read more

Reviewed 6 January 2018
Poole, United Kingdom
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62 Ridgway St, Whanganui 4500, New Zealand
+64 6-349 1110
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a highlight of any visit to Wanganui. Displays vary and the permanent ones are varied in themselves. Great research base especially for the hostory of local Maori.

Thank Peter H
Reviewed 6 January 2018

We were hoping to visit the museum. It is shut so structural repairs can be carried out. We appreciate these have to be done, but a notice on the information board in the town would be helpful and save people walking up to the museum.More

Thank Vealygood
KathrynS_WRM, Front Office Manager at Whanganui Regional Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

The Whanganui Regional Museum is closed for extensive strengthening and refurbishment until October 2018. Prominent signs at the building direct visitors to the temporary Museum on Ridgway St and the website also highlights this information. Unfortunately the Whanganui I-site information centre does not display posters...More

Reviewed 20 October 2017 via mobile

This is a small but interesting museum with lots of Maori photos, a canoe and many other items. It takes less than an hour to tour through. There’s no admission fee but they do accept donations. No photos allowed.

Thank dixiepeach
Reviewed 22 September 2017 via mobile

The museum is currently in much smaller premises than normal in Ridway St while its usual home undergoes earthquake strengthening. But don't let that put you off a visit. The artefacts on display are better than any other museum I've been to in recent years,...More

Thank nin132
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...More

Thank Christodoulos M
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.

Thank sallysage
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...More

Thank doctorj42
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...More

Thank Peggs
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.

Thank Mary H
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 !

1  Thank feipo
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