Nau mai ki Te Puni Tiaki Taonga o Whanganui - Welcome to the Whanganui Regional Museum

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The museum gift shop is a treasure trove of unusual books, delightful gifts and quality souvenirs. Take home a memento of your visit or find a gift for that person who has everything.

    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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      Other Exhibitions

      Ko te Kakahu o te Marama – Outfit of the Month

      Every month, as part of the ongoing Outfit of the Month series, the Museum exhibits a special item from its extensive fashion and textile collection. 
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      Te Puaha-o-Whanganui – Crossing the Bar

      The Port of Whanganui has a dramatic history and is now making a brave comeback.
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      Nga Wai Honohono – Bound by Water

      Taonga (treasures) Maori have been gathered together around the great waka taua (war canoe) Te Mata-o-Hoturoa in Te Atihaunui-a-Paparangi, the Maori Court. They bind together the people of the awa (river), their stories and the great awa itself.
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      Collection Highlights

      Taupo Quay in flood.

      PHOTOGRAPH; Taupo Quay in flood.

      This photograph was taken on Taupo Quay near the Old Tram Shed, after the flood of the Whanganui River in 1940. Four people can be seen rowing a boat down the flooded street. The Durie Hill Tower is visible in the background.
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