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

In 1940 the Alexander Library in Whanganui sent a stack of books to the Waiouru Military Camp for trainee soldiers and other military personnel as part of the war effort. The photograph shows staff members posed in front of the Library with a truck loaded and ready to go. This photograph comes from the Tesla Studios Collection.