New Zealand MUSEUM & GALLERIES directory - MANAWATU
a list of the WANGANUI-MANAWATU Museums that are on the site
New Zealand Museums a directory of museums and galleries searchable by NZ regions
Army Museum Waiouru
The Army Museum is a memorial to the men and women of the New Zealand Army who died in the service of this country in war. It aims to demonstrate the part played by the Army in the history and development of New Zealand and its role in shaping our nation and its identity. The Army Museum is reknowned for its realistic life-size dioramas, which bring the history and personal stories of the solidiers to life in a way that people can relate to very easily. The Army Museum also has an extensive research library and archives
Audio Visual Museum of New Zealand Inc
The Audio Visual museum is unique in the southern hemisphere. It houses a vast collection of examples across the whole range of audio visual arts and associated sciences equipment
Foxton Flax Stripper Museum
The Foxton Flax Stripper is a museum which preserves the flax(phormium tenax) industry, once the "backbone of the town. The buildings house the only working stripper and scutching machines in the country which are both availible for viewing.
Foxton Historical Society Museum
The Foxton Historical Society Museum is a local history Museum collecting items relevant to the Foxton district's past. These are housed and displayed in the old Foxton Courthouse and an air-conditioned archive facility. The collection highlights the railway, port and flax industries and has a fine Mäori craft display. This is the only agency collecting material relevant to Foxton's history
Hunterville & District Settlers Museum
The Hunterville Districts Settlers Museum and Art Gallery in the old court house, built in 1895. The museum includes displays of tools and farming equipment from days gone by.
Luttrells Whitepine Gardens & Working Pioneer Museum
The Luttrells White Pine Gardens and Working Pioneer Museum is an ongoing project that was begun in 1985 and is privately owned by the Luttrell Family Trust. Step back in time! View the many articles used by early New Zealanders in their everyday lives. From farm machinery to household items. Read the histories and share your memories
Marton Historical Village
The Marton Historical Vilage is a museum featuring curios dating back to the Victorian-Edwardian eras and up to the 1940s. An important feature is the archives which covers the lifetime of South Rangitikei. More than 20,000 filed newspaper clippings from the 1850's onwards, documents, newspaper files from 1907, photographs, maps, over 400 pioneer family files, plus histories of schools, churches, sports, and districts surrounding Marton are held.
Massey University Art Collection
The University Art Collection is displayed throughout public spaces on the Turitea Campus. The Collection focuses on contemporary New Zealand artists, in particular artists working in the Lower North Island. In recent years the collection has been strengthened by the acquisition of contemporary Mâori work and greater emphasis on landscapes and figurative work.
New Zealand Rugby Museum
The Rugby Museum is where you can revel in Rugby and all its heritage with a visit to the New Zealand Rugby Museum in Palmerston North. The home of one of the best collections in the world devoted to the oval ball, this is a must see! - SEARCHABLE site
Sarjeant Gallery / Te Whare o Rehua / Whanganui
The Sarjeant Gallery is one of New Zealands finest and most historically important art galleries renowned for its neo-classical architecture, natural lighting and magnificent display spaces. The Gallery is widely recognised for the quality of its permanent collection of over 6000 artworks which include a collection of early 19th & 20th century British and European works and contemporary New Zealand art with photography as a key focus.
Taihape and District Museum and Historical Society
The Taihape and District museum building is the original Methodist church built in 1911. Most of the collections relate to the history and development of Taihape and surrounding districts
The Te Manawa programme includes a variety of collection based and hand's on, interactive exhibitions developed in house, as well as national and international touring shows. In the courtyard stand two historic buildings, Totaranui Settlers Cottage and Awahou South Schoolhouse - SEARCHABLE site
The Coach House Museum - Feilding's Home of Rural Stories
Feilding's Coach House Museum is home to an outstanding collection of rural New Zealand Heritage, showcasing over 140 years of history.
The Medical Museum Palmerston North
The Medical Museum 1980 is at the Palmerston North Hospital. At present the display consists of a "theatre" with operating tables, anaesthetic machines and autoclaves etc.
Tokomaru Steam Engine Museum
The Tokomaru Steam Engine Museum is New Zealand's largest collection of stationary steam engines. From the smallest scale models to large industrial engines. There is a full sized railway system - 1km of track circling the Museum property and also steam rollers and a traction engine
Wanganui Collegiate School Museum
The Wanganui Collegiate School was founded in 1854 and has over 156 years of colourful history, much of which is preserved in this Museum for the enjoyment of the community. The collection consists of papers, plans, documents, trophies, minute books, memorabilia, uniforms, programmes photos and DVDs of drama and musical productions, sporting records, Old Boys' war records, newspaper clippings and many wonderful photographs.
Whanganui Regional Museum
The Whanganui Regional Museum founded in 1892, has extensive collections of natural and human history with a regional emphasis. It houses objects of national and international significance.
Whanganui Riverboat Centre Museum
The Whanganui Riverboat Centre/Museum is home to Paddle Steamer Waimarie, New Zealand's only steam powered 100 year old paddle steamer.
I know there are other museums in the region
This list is just of those on the above site