Current Exhibitions

Whanganui Regional Museum has an exciting changing programme of exhibitions throughout the year to support its vaunted long-term galleries that show some of the most exclusive taonga and treasures in the world.

What do you like? Great art? We have it. Taonga Māori and the mysteries of the Whanganui River? We have them. Birds and creepy crawlies? Yes, they’re here.

Visit, get involved, learn something and enjoy yourself.

Te Matapihi - looking into the museum
October 2016 - June 2018

A brand new Whanganui attraction is now open in the historic Post Office building at 62 Ridgway Street. Te Matapihi - looking into the museum features many celebrated objects from the Museum’s 125-year history. The exhibition outlines the Museum's history from its beginnings in Samuel Drew’s parlour, through the move to the new purpose-build Museum (later the Savage Club), thence to Queens Park and the subsequent developments there.

Museum on Ridgway is also a temporary site for the Museum’s office and popular shop and gallery while the Museum building on Queens Park undergoes seismic strengthening and upgrading.

All welcome. Open 10am to 4.30pm Monday to Saturday (except public holidays). Mā Te Matapihi tātou kite ai i te ara ki mua, mā te tītiro whakatemuri.

Peter Snell - Medal-winning magic
November 2017 - March 2018

This small travelling show from Te Papa includes Peter Snell’s gold medals from Tokyo and Rome and other memorabilia from one of New Zealand’s finest ever athletes. Included in the line-up is a trophy with a figure of Peter winning the World Record Mile in three minutes and 54.4 seconds at Cooks Gardens in Whanganui on 27 January 1962. Mounted alongside the figure is the brass shell casing from the starting gun that began Peter’s world record run. The trophy was donated to our Museum in 2017, and Te Papa was keen to use it in the show as a very appropriate piece of history relating directly to Whanganui.