Sarjeant Gallery redevelopment

​​The Sarjeant Galley Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui, in Queens Park, is temporarily closed for earthquake strengthening and a major redevelopment project.

This building was constructed in 1919, largely of unreinforced masonry, and is rated at only 5% of the current new building code.

The Gallery opened in its temporary premises, Sarjeant on the Quay at 38 Taupo Quay, on 24 May 2014. Sarjeant on the Quay features new exhibitions, education services and public programmes.

The relocation is part of a larger redevelopment project for which a fundraising strategy, including application to the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's Regional Museums Policy for Capital Projects, is under way.

The final redevelopment will see the original Gallery strengthened, together with new storage and exhibition facilities constructed to the north of the original building.

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

History and Services

The Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui is located in Queens Park. The Gallery was built as the result of 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 development 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. Particular foci are on the photographic medium, wooden sculpture and developing comprehensive collections of work by selected artists.

​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.

Gallery Bequests​

​​The gallery is positively encouraging bequests and donations and has a range of unique ways for providing ongoing public recognition of patronage - no matter how large or small. These could include:

  • Art Collection Financial Support
  • Minor Building and Collection Support and Contribution. ($1000-$10,000)
  • Major Building and Collection Support and Contribution. ($10,000 - $50,000)
  • Major Support of Building Extension Project including wing/section naming rights. ($50,000 plus)


​Open seven days per week: Monday to Sunday 10.30am to 4.30pm; Anzac Day 1pm to 4.30pm. Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday.


​Entry to the Gallery is free; donations are encouraged and there may be an occasional charge for specific exhibitions.​


Greg Anderson, Gallery Director
Phone: (06) 349 0001
email: Greg Anderson

Page reviewed: 07 May 2019 2:52pm