Whanganui Regional Museum

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

Whanganui Regional Museum seismic streng​​​​thening and refurbishment project

The upcoming Whakahoutanga project is designed to rejuvenate the Museum’s buildings and their contents with a combination of earthquake strengthening, reconstruction and refurbishment. The work will be carried out by the Whanganui District Council and will take up to 18 months to complete. While it is under way, many Museum programmes will continue in a variety of venues, including the Davis Theatre and Education Room, but others will have to be suspended to allow the work to be carried out safely. 

As a result, we will have to restrict public access to the Queens Park buildings from September 5, 2016. From September 19, the Museum office, shop and visitor gallery will be shifted to the former Post Office building at 62 Ridgway St.

The Museum Archive will still be accessible through the rear entrance, but donations and loans will be suspended during the building work. LEOTC programmes for schools will continue as usual.​​​

The current collection gives priority to material with Whanganui connections. It cares for a significant collection of Māori taonga, mainly connected with local iwi.

​​​​​​The Whanganui Regional Museum building is located in Queens Park and is maintained for the collection, storage and exhibition of the Museum’s own collections and borrowed material.​

The Museum provides the following 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 Museum is open to visitors seven days a week 10am to 4.30pm. Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday. Archive services available to the public 10am to 1pm Monday to Thursday.

The Museum is fully accessible with a lift and upgraded public toilets.

Entry is free.

Museum ​Bequests​

A bequest to the 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​​

Page reviewed: 10 Oct 2016 2:17pm