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Whanganui Regional Museum

General Information

4 Watt Street, Whanganui 4500

06 349 1110

Opening Times - Check before visiting as might change

Museum Hours: 10.00am - 4.30pm except Good Friday & Christmas Day.
Archive Hours by appointment only.

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.
Notes for Cardholders

Museum Admission Charges: Free admission. Koha is always appreciated.

Archives are available by appointment only.

For tours or group visits - please see the museum's website for more information.

Standing and Queuing
The Museum is free to enter and has an open flow of people, so queues would rarely occur. If waiting to purchase from the shop, chairs are readily available beside our shop store. Our staff member will ask you to take a seat, and we will serve you there.
Level Access
The Museum has a lift providing level access across 3 floors. Accessible parking is available at the Cameron Terrace side public carparking. The best accessible entrance to the Museum is from the ramp beside the Cameron terrace carpark.
Our building is large, however, there is plenty of seating throughout that you are welcome to use. Our accessible parking is off Cameron Terrace, at the lower end of Pukenamu Park. We have an onsite wheelchair available for use which can be booked in advance or speak with one or team when you arrive and they will do their best to assist you.
Urgent Toilet Access
We have 2 accessible toilets and 2 standard toilets. If you present this icon to us we will ensure you are next to use the toilet in a discrete way.
Disability Assist Dogs
We comply with the NZ law with respect to Disability Assistance Dogs. The staff will offer you water for your dog and will indicate the nearest place for the dog to relieve itself.
Essential Companions
We do not require payment to enter so your companion is more than welcome if they want to purchase something or not.
Difficulty Accessing Visual Information
Through the training, the staff are well-informed about adapting their communication and assisting individuals who are blind or have low vision. They can assist you to a seat and guide you to a seat / toilet if required.
Difficulty Accessing Audible Information
Through the training that the staff have done with the Hāpai Access Card, they are aware of how they can modify how they communicate with you. This includes making sure you can see their face when speaking, speaking clearly, use of pen and paper and being patient. The staff are aware of the NZ Relay service, so please use this if you think it appropriate when ringing if needed.
Hidden Disabilities
Through the staff's training, they are generally aware of hidden disabilities. Please speak to them about how they can assist in making your time with us extraordinary.
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