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 Amazon Carbineers were originally called the Girls and Ladies Khaki Corps. Organised throughout New Zealand during 1900 to support and raise money for New Zealand's involvement in the South African War, members of the Corps were mostly young women from well-to-do families who dressed in military style uniforms which they had to provide themselves for a cost of 17s 6d. This image was taken on Drews Avenue, outside the site of the old Wanganui Public Museum, now the Savage Club.