Whanganui Regional Museum

Whanganui Regional Museum

The Whanganui Regional Museum has a comprehensive collection of New Zealand and international material relating to human and natural history.

The Museum has recently reopened after undergoing extensive seismic strengthening, reconstruction and refurbishment.

Museum services

Whanganui Regional Museum provides these services:

  • acquiring, documenting and preserving the Museum collection
  • responding to individual requests for information based on Museum collections, including archives
  • helping and advising individuals, organisations, businesses, community groups and smaller museums on how to care for and protect cultural heritage
  • developing permanent displays and an annual programme of changing exhibitions which presents the story of Whanganui’s natural and human history for local, national and international visitors
  • providing education and public events programmes based on the Museum’s collections, exhibitions and functions, aimed at students at all levels and the general community
  • managing the Museum’s physical, financial and human resources and administrative services, and promoting the Museum.


The Whanganui Regional Museum is open to visitors seven days a week from 10.00am to 4.30pm.

Archive services available to the public on weekday mornings by appointment, Monday-Friday except on public holidays.

The Museum is closed Christmas Day and Good Friday.

Entry is free.

Museum bequests

A bequest to the Whanganui Regional Museum would continue a long history of public support.

Your bequest can support any of the following areas:

  • museum programmes
  • museum collection
  • museum building development

For more information, visit the Whanganui Regional Museum website.