The Collection - Whakaputunga Taonga

In 1890 Samuel Drew offered his private collection to the town of Whanganui and in 1895 the Wanganui Public Museum opened, free to visitors, for the first time. From this founding collection, the Whanganui Regional Museum has developed an extensive collection of natural and human history with a Whanganui regional emphasis.

The collection encompasses:

  • Whanganui social history
  • Domestic and everyday wares
  • Transport and technology
  • Military life
  • Textiles and clothing
  • The animal world
  • The geological world
  • Taonga Māori
  • Pasifika cultures
  • World cultures
  • Art
  • Manuscripts and archives
  • Books and journals
  • Maps and plans

 Your chance to explore our collection

Delve into the past or look into the future.
Explore the Whanganui Regional Museum's extensive collection.

 

The Museum has a changing programme of exhibitions that highlight different parts of this stunning collection.


FEATURED PHOTO

The Wanganui Public Musuem was all dressed up to celebrate the visit of Queen Elizabeth II to Whanganui in January 1954. The photograph was taken and printed using a modified die transfer process, which involved three exposures on monochrome film through three basic colour filters. To allow for the large difference in exposure times between the images, flood lights were used. In order to manage the relatively short exposure times of the flood lights, the city engineer parked his car nearby. For each exposure, on the signal, he blew the car horn and a Museum staff member inside switched off the appropriate light. Each negative was printed by an enlarger onto special uncoated paper and then the three die images were transferred to the final full colour print.