Sarjeant Gallery

Sarjeant Gallery redevelopment and Sarjeant on the Quay

Interiror of Sarjeant on the QuayThe Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui, in Queens Park, is temporarily closed for earthquake strengthening and a major redevelopment project. You can visit us at our temporary premises, Sarjeant on the Quay, at 38 Taupo Quay where we have exhibitions, education services and public programmes.

The temporary relocation is part of a larger redevelopment project for the Queens Park building which was constructed in 1919, largely of unreinforced masonry, and is rated at only 5% of the current new building code.

The redevelopment will see the original Gallery strengthened, together with new storage and exhibition facilities constructed to the north of the original building. A fundraising strategy, including application to the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's Regional Museums Policy for Capital Projects, is under way to pay for this work.

For more information about the Sarjeant Gallery's redevelopment project please visit the Sarjeant Gallery website.

About the Sarjeant Gallery

The Sarjeant Gallery in Queens Park was built from a bequest to the city by Henry Sarjeant in 1912 and has significant historic and architectural value.

The services are recognised as the best in a New Zealand provincial gallery, which enhances Whanganui as a place to live and visit. The collection began in 1901 and in the first few decades the focus was on 19th and early 20th century British and European works. Since the late 1920s the main focus for collection development has been New Zealand art, both historical and contemporary.

The Council maintains the Sarjeant Gallery and its collections:

  • To collect and preserve visual art works that are relevant to the Sarjeant Gallery collection and Whanganui and its place in the world.
  • To curate exhibitions from the Sarjeant Gallery collection for the public's education and enjoyment, and enable access to the collections.
  • To secure, curate and install exhibitions of relevance and interest.

The services provided by the Gallery include:

  • Developing and maintaining Whanganui's art assets, including the collection.
  • Access and information for a wide range of the public, including schools and UCOL.
  • Providing a locally relevant programme of quality and diverse exhibitions, forums and events.
  • Adding value to the community through prudent and well-informed management and stewardship of resources, and by providing advocacy on art and cultural matters.
  • Maintenance of this significant heritage building to preserve its architectural significance.
  • Free public access to the works on display (except for specific charge exhibitions).
  • Provision of publications and information to accompany the exhibitions.


The Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua exists because of the generous gift and vision of our founding benefactor Henry Sarjeant. Indeed, the very heart of our collections have come to us by way of donations, bequests and legacies. The Gallery is very grateful for these gestures, which are are recognised as being most important in the ongoing development of the Sarjeant and its collections.

The focus right now issecuring support to progress the Gallery's redevelopment project in order to preserve the collections for the future, protect the Gallery's nationally-important heritage building and to improve access to the collections for visitors and schools.

How to give

There are many ways to help support the Sarjeant. You can support the redevelopment project by becoming one of our Thousand Stars; make a one-off donation in person at the Gallery or by sending a cheque made out to the Sarjeant Gallery Trust; pledge a gift over several years; or leave a bequest to support the legacy of inspiration begun by Henry Sarjeant in 1912.

If you would like to talk about how you can help sustain the Sarjeant with a gift of art, financial support or the like, please email the Sarjeant Gallery's Director Greg Anderson or phone +64 (0)6 349 3246.

The Sarjeant Gallery Trust is a Registered Charity, number CC30610, and monetary donations to the Trust are eligible for a 33% tax credit.


The hours at Sarjeant on the Quay are:​​
Monday to Sunday10:30am to 4:30p
Anzac Day1.00pm to 4.30pm
Christmas Day and Good Fridayclosed


Entry to the Gallery is free.
Koha/donations are very welcome!

Contact details

38 Taupō Quay

(06) 349 0506​

Postal Address:
Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui
PO Box 998
Whanganui 4540

Page reviewed: 28 Aug 2019 1:11pm