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Harmony Preserved: Historic Grand Piano Loaned to Museum

A 128-year-old grand piano made by the renowned German-American company, Steinway & Sons, is now located in the atrium of the Whanganui Regional Museum.
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    The Whanganui Regional Museum is a bicultural waharoa (gateway) to local social and natural histories. It stands proudly in Pukenamu Queen’s Park, the cultural heart of Whanganui. The Museum has a special relationship with mana whenua, those Māori who have historic and territorial rights over this land. It is also warmly supported by the many communities who continue to help develop it.   

    Learn about the people, objects, and stories that make this vibrant region so important through our stunning collection, which includes outstanding Taonga Māori, the Gottfried Lindauer Gallery of paintings of Whanganui Rangatira, a remarkable moa collection, and a noteworthy collection of historical fashion and textiles.  

    Fully acknowledging our past, explaining the present and preparing for the future starts here, at your museum.

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    Current Exhibitions

    Whanganui Mūmū – Whanganui By Design

    Highlighting the creativity, innovative spirit, cultural integrity, and strength of the tradition of art and design in the Whanganui region.
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    He Awa Ora – Living River

    A unique exhibition of ancient and new taonga (treasures) that tell the story of Te Awa Tupua, the Whanganui River and its people. The Awa and iwi feature in a narrative supported by taonga Maori, encompassing the past, the present and the future.
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    The creation of Auckland-based artist, Bev Moon, this exhibition is a sumptuous assortment of dim sum dishes, wontons, dumplings, pork buns, spring rolls, and more, all carefully crafted in wool.
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      Nga Ika – Fish in the River

      Fish sustained people and kept the mighty awa clean for hundreds of years. The Whanganui River was famous for its pā tuna (eel weirs) and utu piharau (lamprey weirs).
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      Tangihia Te Pere – Opening the Door

      The Friends School, Native Schools along the Whanganui River and Whanganui Girls College all feature.
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      Te Ora te Whenua – Living off the Land

      The fertile, productive Whanganui lands have fed and clothed people for centuries. See how men and women worked the earth to provide for their families.
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      Collection Highlights

      Portable Desk


      This portable desk or writing box made circa 1900 has an outer surface decorated with porcupine quills and dots of ivory. It has a hinged lid and a fold-down front with the interior divided into sections for storing writing equipment and a writing surface.
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