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

One of the more unusual ways of crossing the Whanganui River was undertaken by the aerialist Senor Vertelli. In October 1867 he walked the 300 metres across the river on a tight-rope. On his return crossing, he pushed a wheelbarrow. Vertelli did offer to push a volunteer from the audience in the wheelbarrow, but no one took him up on his offer.