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The Regional Museum is actually no longer open. It has been closed to be refitted for earthquake... read more

Reviewed May 14, 2018
Carlsbad, California
A very difficult job well done

Museum staff have done a fabulous job of choosing a few representative pieces that give a hint of... read more

Reviewed March 20, 2018
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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62 Ridgway St, Whanganui 4500, New Zealand
+64 6-349 1110
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Reviewed November 27, 2018

We arrived at the museum only to discover that it is closed for renovations. Then we went to find the annex, and it's also closed. None of the websites Indicate this closing. Even Tripadvisor shows them as "open now". They are supposed to reopen sometime...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank PANC J
Reviewed August 18, 2018 via mobile

We follow the museum on FB and took the opportunity to take my grandchildren to see the temporary museum before the exhibits go into storage. We were disappointed. I wasn’t allowed to take any photos so I can’t even show you what was there. The...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank SLRobinsonNZ
KathrynS_WRM, Front Office Manager at Whanganui Regional Museum, responded to this reviewResponded September 4, 2018

Our apologies if you had a less than satisfactory visit. As you noted, the Museum buildings are closed for strengthening and rebuilding and we are operating from temporary premises. The limited space available brings together various elements from our collections, including taonga Māori and other...More

Reviewed May 14, 2018

The Regional Museum is actually no longer open. It has been closed to be refitted for earthquake safety. They have opened a smaller museum a few blocks away and have moved a lot of the artifacts there. They had a lot Maori carvings, etc. and...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank DarylJ552
Reviewed March 20, 2018

Museum staff have done a fabulous job of choosing a few representative pieces that give a hint of the magnificent collection at the Whangaui Museum.

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank DanJVine
Reviewed March 10, 2018

A good but small regional museum at a temporary site. Small means the number of exhibit is limited and I do not know if at the original previous building the number of exhibits are more, just judging from the size of the temporary site which...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank santo-trainsspotter7
Reviewed February 1, 2018

This is a highlight of any visit to Wanganui. Displays vary and the permanent ones are varied in themselves. Great research base especially for the hostory of local Maori.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Peter H
Reviewed January 5, 2018

We were hoping to visit the museum. It is shut so structural repairs can be carried out. We appreciate these have to be done, but a notice on the information board in the town would be helpful and save people walking up to the museum.More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Vealygood
KathrynS_WRM, Front Office Manager at Whanganui Regional Museum, responded to this reviewResponded January 21, 2018

The Whanganui Regional Museum is closed for extensive strengthening and refurbishment until October 2018. Prominent signs at the building direct visitors to the temporary Museum on Ridgway St and the website also highlights this information. Unfortunately the Whanganui I-site information centre does not display posters...More

Reviewed October 19, 2017 via mobile

This is a small but interesting museum with lots of Maori photos, a canoe and many other items. It takes less than an hour to tour through. There’s no admission fee but they do accept donations. No photos allowed.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank dixiepeach
Reviewed September 21, 2017 via mobile

The museum is currently in much smaller premises than normal in Ridway St while its usual home undergoes earthquake strengthening. But don't let that put you off a visit. The artefacts on display are better than any other museum I've been to in recent years,...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank nin132
Reviewed October 9, 2016

The Whanganui Regional Museum is been earthquake strengthened at the moment and a temporary annex has been installed in Ridgway Street two doors west of the Big Orange cafe on Victoria Street. featuring some of the unique treasures of the Museum and as well as...More

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank Christodoulos M
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