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Te Manawa

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Te Manawa's 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.

"Pacific Monarch" in front of Te Manawa.
Paul Dibble
Pacific Monarch, 1992
Collection of Te Manawa Art Society Inc.
Gertrude Raikes Bequest

Collection Type
Art, Historic Site, History, Natural History, Science, Taonga Maori, Technology

Contact Details
Postal address iconPrivate Bag 11 055, Palmerston North
Telephone number icon64-6-355 5000
Web address iconhttp://www.temanawa.co.nz
Email address iconenquiries@temanawa.co.nz

Visitor Information
Physical address icon326 Main Street, Palmerston North, New Zealand
Hours of operation iconDaily 10am-5pm
Charges iconFree Entry / Koha

Wheelchair accessParkingFunction SpacePublic ProgrammesMembership ClubToilets


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Te Rangi Whenua

Open daily, Te Taiwhanga o Te Rangi Whenua (Te Rangi Whenua Gallery) shares the stories of iwi groups in the Manawatū, Rangitīkei and Horowhenua regions. The unique gallery walls feature interwoven panels, decorated ...

Region:Palmerston North
Dates: 27-Jun-2017, 28-Jun-2017, 29-Jun-2017, 30-Jun-2017, 01-Jul-2017, 02-Jul-2017 View more sessions

Manawatū Journeys

Open Daily, a journey through our shared history - the stories and of the pioneers who shaped the land as we know it today. The Manawatū has always been a place that people have journeyed through, some stay for a long ...

Region:Palmerston North
Dates: 27-Jun-2017, 28-Jun-2017, 29-Jun-2017, 30-Jun-2017, 01-Jul-2017, 02-Jul-2017 View more sessions

Kids TM

Open daily, Kids TM is a vibrant, interactive, playful space at Te Manawa for children up to the age of eight and their caregivers. One of our long-term exhibitions, it gives children the chance to learn through play as ...

Region:Palmerston North
Dates: 27-Jun-2017, 28-Jun-2017, 29-Jun-2017, 30-Jun-2017, 01-Jul-2017, 02-Jul-2017 View more sessions

Te Awa - The River - Heart of Manawatū

Te Awa - The River, Heart of the Manawatū explores our river from different angles: meet our local wildlife, learn about the river's history, explore how we use water and discover how our region was formed. Come and ...

Region:Palmerston North
Dates: 27-Jun-2017, 28-Jun-2017, 29-Jun-2017, 30-Jun-2017, 01-Jul-2017, 02-Jul-2017 View more sessions

The Exquisite Wound

The Exquisite Wound is an interdisciplinary installation by visual artist Rebecca Swan in collaboration with composer Charlie Ha, engineer Peter Swan, light artist Peter Stoneham, and scientist David Shillington. The ...

Region:Palmerston North
Dates: 27-Jun-2017, 28-Jun-2017, 29-Jun-2017, 30-Jun-2017, 01-Jul-2017, 02-Jul-2017 View more sessions

The Topp Twins Exhibition

Synonymous with a small town, rural New Zealand and that Kiwi “can-do-attitude”, Lynda and Jools Topp are among New Zealand’s best-known entertainers. They’ve been cultural touchstones for more than 40 years, ...

Region:Palmerston North
Dates: 27-Jun-2017, 28-Jun-2017, 29-Jun-2017, 30-Jun-2017, 01-Jul-2017, 02-Jul-2017 View more sessions

Ngā Kete Toi

This exhibition showcases the work of students, graduates and tutors of the Bachelor of Māori Arts degree in weaving at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, in Palmerston North. Te Wānanga o Aotearoa is unique in that we are ...

Region:Palmerston North
Dates: 27-Jun-2017, 28-Jun-2017, 29-Jun-2017, 30-Jun-2017, 01-Jul-2017, 02-Jul-2017 View more sessions

Black Boot Legends Gallery

An outstanding collection of more than 150 pre-1995 All Black-related photographs will be on public display in an indoor/outdoor Gallery at Te Manawa, Palmerston North, in June to celebrate the Lions’ Tour. The ...

Region:Palmerston North
Dates: 28-Jun-2017, 29-Jun-2017, 30-Jun-2017, 01-Jul-2017, 02-Jul-2017, 03-Jul-2017 View more sessions

NOA Open Studio

Come join NOA for twice-weekly facilitated drawing sessions in Te Manawa foyer. NOA is both an acronym for Notes Of Art and Te Reo for “an area without restriction, safe and open for everyone” - all are welcome!

Region:Palmerston North
Dates: 28-Jun-2017, 03-Jul-2017, 05-Jul-2017, 10-Jul-2017, 12-Jul-2017, 17-Jul-2017 View more sessions

Bastion Point: The Untold Story

29 years ago, on 1 July 1988, the government announced that it had agreed to the Waitangi Tribunal’s recommendation that Takaparawhā (Bastion Point) on the southern shore of Auckland’s Waitematā Harbour be returned ...

Region:Palmerston North
Dates: 01-Jul-2017

In the Zone - Vex Robotics Scrimmage

This will be the first full Vex In The Zone competition for the region, and the second for Vex IQ Ringmaster. Vex Schedule: 10:00 - Check-in, Registration & Tech Inspection 10:30 - Qualification Matches Begin 12:00 ...

Region:Palmerston North
Dates: 30-Jun-2017

Weekend Discovery Time

Join the Weekend Discovery Time team on their weekend-long journey of exploration and learning. Activities and crafts span the breadth of art, science and history, taking in things like robots, Shakespeare, cooking ...

Region:Palmerston North
Dates: 01-Jul-2017, 07-Jul-2017, 08-Jul-2017, 14-Jul-2017, 15-Jul-2017, 21-Jul-2017 View more sessions

Highbury Weavers

Raranga, the art of weaving, embodies spiritual values & beliefs of Tangata Whenua. It symbolises meanings and memories handed down from ancestors and actions the concept of weaving peoples together - whanaungatanga. ...

Region:Palmerston North
Dates: 04-Jul-2017, 01-Aug-2017, 05-Sep-2017, 03-Oct-2017, 01-Nov-2017, 05-Dec-2017 View more sessions

Palmerston North Green Party Launch

Kia ora Palmy! The Greens are here for you in 2017 and beyond. We invite you to the Greens campaign launch for Election 2017, the year we Green the government. A fun filled evening led by Thomas Nash, your Green ...

Region:Palmerston North
Dates: 07-Jul-2017

Manawatū Woodworkers' Guild

The craftsmen of the Manawatū Woodworkers' Guild are masters of chisel and lathe. Come and see them transform chunks of wood into works of art.

Region:Palmerston North
Dates: 08-Jul-2017, 12-Aug-2017, 09-Sep-2017, 07-Oct-2017, 11-Nov-2017, 09-Dec-2017 View more sessions

School Holidays

July is abuzz with activity. Choose from multi-session, booked programmes in robotics or art, or drop in and experience the energy of our free activities including spinners, the imagination playground and even a puppet ...

Region:Palmerston North
Dates: 09-Jul-2017, 10-Jul-2017, 11-Jul-2017, 12-Jul-2017, 13-Jul-2017, 14-Jul-2017 View more sessions

Te Manawa After Dark: Nocturnal New Zealand

These July School Holidays, grab your torch and come see what lurks during the night in New Zealand at the annual Te Manawa After Dark party! Check out our creepy corridor of sensory frights: can you correctly guess ...

Region:Palmerston North
Dates: 14-Jul-2017

Golden Dreams

Celebrating 40 years since the Manawatū Art Gallery opened on 3 July 1977, Golden Dreams provides a glimpse into landscape art collected by Te Manawa Museums Trust and Te Manawa Art Society and offers you the ...

Region:Palmerston North
Dates: 13-Jul-2017, 14-Jul-2017, 15-Jul-2017, 16-Jul-2017, 17-Jul-2017, 18-Jul-2017 View more sessions

Weavers At Work

Your chance to weave, see weavers at work and get an insider's view of the Ngā Kete Toi exhibition. Floor talk at 12pm. Part of the public programme in support of the Ngā Kete Toi exhibition in partnership with Te ...

Region:Palmerston North
Dates: 14-Jul-2017

Nan and Tuna

Pupetter Anna Bailey returns to Te Manawa with a unique show that tells the story of an eel, a river and an extraordinary friendship. Nan and Tuna have been friends for 70 years and now it is time for one last ...

Region:Palmerston North
Dates: 17-Jul-2017, 18-Jul-2017, 18-Jul-2017

Public Talk: Twin Psychology From Birth to Adulthood

The Topp Twins are New Zealand's most recognisable set of twins, with a strong presence in New Zealand's popular culture. This talk explores the unique bond that twins develop from birth, how it impacts on their ...

Region:Palmerston North
Dates: 20-Jul-2017

Manawatū Embroiderers' Guild

Join the skilled needles of the Embroiderers' Guild to pick up a few tips, join in on creative projects, or just for a chat!

Region:Palmerston North
Dates: 29-Jul-2017, 26-Aug-2017, 23-Sep-2017, 28-Oct-2017, 25-Nov-2017

How Māori Cloaks Are Made

A demonstration of customary practices, including the preparation of natural materials and the various techniques used to construct a cloak. At 12pm a floor talk will discuss how these were applied to create items in the ...

Region:Palmerston North
Dates: 11-Aug-2017

Kiwiana Quiz Night

Can you form a team to take on the Te Manawa Quizmaster? The Manawatū Journeys gallery with its caravan, Foursquare, tractor and pub is the perfect backdrop for a fun night out with friends. Refreshments provided. ...

Region:Palmerston North
Dates: 12-Aug-2017

Board Games At the Museum

Join our region's thriving board game community at this new, bi-monthly open day. Learn to fly an X-Wing! Explore new lands and trade with your friends in Settlers of Catan and other modern board game classics. See ...

Region:Palmerston North
Dates: 12-Aug-2017, 07-Oct-2017, 09-Dec-2017, 10-Feb-2018, 07-Apr-2018, 09-Jun-2018 View more sessions

Santa's Cave Winter Christmas

A special opportunity to view Santa’s Cave and hear about the history and future of this beloved treasure as it approaches its 100-year anniversary in 2018, then stay on for some Christmas Carols around the piano!

Region:Palmerston North
Dates: 31-Aug-2017

Public Talk: Rural Women of New Zealand

Agriculture has long been the backbone of New Zealand, and at its heart are the rural women of New Zealand, busily growing dynamic communities. Rural Women New Zealand connects the rural community through social ...

Region:Palmerston North
Dates: 19-Oct-2017

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