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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: 23-Sep-2018, 24-Sep-2018, 25-Sep-2018, 26-Sep-2018, 27-Sep-2018, 28-Sep-2018 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: 23-Sep-2018, 24-Sep-2018, 25-Sep-2018, 26-Sep-2018, 27-Sep-2018, 28-Sep-2018 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 ...

Region:Palmerston North
Dates: 23-Sep-2018, 24-Sep-2018, 25-Sep-2018, 26-Sep-2018, 27-Sep-2018, 28-Sep-2018 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: 23-Sep-2018, 24-Sep-2018, 25-Sep-2018, 26-Sep-2018, 27-Sep-2018, 28-Sep-2018 View more sessions

The Secrets of Mona Lisa

Even for those who have been lucky enough to admire the Mona Lisa herself in Paris, "The Secrets of Mona Lisa" paints her in a new and revolutionary light. Grande Exhibitions’ latest offering presents the findings ...

Region:Palmerston North
Dates: 23-Sep-2018, 24-Sep-2018, 25-Sep-2018, 26-Sep-2018, 27-Sep-2018, 28-Sep-2018 View more sessions

Heritage Building Tours

The Te Manawa site includes two historic buildings: the Awahou schoolhouse and the cottage, Totaranui, believed to be the oldest residence in Palmerston North. Guided tours of these buildings are now available, on ...

Region:Palmerston North
Dates: 24-Sep-2018, 27-Sep-2018, 01-Oct-2018, 04-Oct-2018, 08-Oct-2018, 11-Oct-2018 View more sessions

NOA Open Studio

Come join NOA for twice-weekly facilitated drawing sessions in the 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 ...

Region:Palmerston North
Dates: 25-Sep-2018, 26-Sep-2018, 02-Oct-2018, 03-Oct-2018, 09-Oct-2018, 10-Oct-2018 View more sessions

Mona Prints

Make a fun and quirky adaptation of Da Vinci’s famous portrait while exploring the print making techniques of stencil, monoprint and letterpress. Combine with paint to produce your very own masterpiece in a fun and ...

Region:Palmerston North
Dates: 25-Sep-2018

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: 28-Sep-2018, 29-Sep-2018, 05-Oct-2018, 06-Oct-2018, 12-Oct-2018, 13-Oct-2018 View more sessions

The Secrets of Mona Lisa: Wine & Cheese Tasting

Alliance Française Palmerston North and Te Manawa Museum present: a French Wine and Cheese Tasting and Exhibition Viewing. Come try our fine selection of wines and cheeses, learn from our French wine specialist and ...

Region:Palmerston North
Dates: 29-Sep-2018

Water Room

The Water Room is setting sail with a new programme of activities that concentrates on learning through play for toddlers and young children. It will be open to the public from Thursday to Sunday. Each week has a ...

Region:Palmerston North
Dates: 26-Sep-2018, 27-Sep-2018, 28-Sep-2018, 29-Sep-2018, 03-Oct-2018, 04-Oct-2018 View more sessions

Da Vinci Desserts

Explore The Secrets of Mona Lisa exhibition with a little something extra. Enjoy a curated selection of five French and Italian treats and a glass of bubbles, to accompany an evening spent with the world’s most famous ...

Region:Palmerston North
Dates: 05-Oct-2018

Reducing Your Household Rubbish: The Zero Waste Approach

Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History is pleased to host The Rubbish Trip and their popular presentation on zero waste living. Join Hannah Blumhardt and Liam Prince, the No-Waste Nomads behind The Rubbish Trip ...

Region:Palmerston North
Dates: 06-Oct-2018

Mona Lisa Tours

Join Leonardi Da Vinci (actor Ken Benn) to uncover “The Secrets of Mona Lisa.” Leonardo da Vinci appears in person to share tales from his extraordinary life during the Renaissance period, when he lived and ...

Region:Palmerston North
Dates: 07-Oct-2018

DIY Zero Waste Toiletries and Cleaning

Join Hannah and Liam - the two No-Waste Nomads behind The Rubbish Trip - at Te Manawa to learn how to make a range of toiletries and cleaning products, zero waste! From toothpaste and deodorants to face cleansers, ...

Region:Palmerston North
Dates: 07-Oct-2018

Active Tots

A programme for the under-5s, focused on self-directed play and exploration.

Region:Palmerston North
Dates: 23-Sep-2018, 30-Sep-2018, 07-Oct-2018, 14-Oct-2018, 21-Oct-2018, 28-Oct-2018 View more sessions

The British and Maori Strategy In The NZ Land Wars

One of the recurring themes from the historiography of the New Zealand Wars is that a conflict between the world’s leading imperial power and a divided, tribally-based society could only have had one outcome; and that ...

Region:Palmerston North
Dates: 10-Oct-2018

Mona Lisa Breakfasts

Start your day with an exclusive viewing of The Secrets of Mona Lisa and a Continental Breakfast. A Continental Breakfast is a lighter-style breakfast, as served in European hotels. Breakfast includes toast, ...

Region:Palmerston North
Dates: 12-Oct-2018

Dance Back to France

Join a Flash mob fun to Farewell Mona Lisa! As part of the Palmy Fringe Festival get involved in a fun, flash mob style event to celebrate the end of the wonderful Secrets of Mona Lisa exhibition at Te Manawa. ...

Region:Palmerston North
Dates: 29-Sep-2018, 06-Oct-2018, 12-Oct-2018, 13-Oct-2018

Womyn’s Dinner and Dance - MaLGRA Nostalgia

If you enjoyed a night at MaLGRA over the last four decades - or wish you had - come and join us for a fun night of good food, music and company. *Plus before the Dinner and Dance 2-5pm: A local lesbian herstory ...

Region:Palmerston North
Dates: 13-Oct-2018

Latino Fiesta

Chiwi Catering, Dos Locos Taco and Palmy Unleashed are shaking things up and bringing you Latino Fiesta 2018. This family fun extravaganza will explode into Te Manawa Car Park on Saturday 13 October. Showcasing the ...

Region:Palmerston North
Dates: 12-Oct-2018

Manawatū Woodworkers' Guild

The craftspeople 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: 13-Oct-2018, 10-Nov-2018, 08-Dec-2018

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: 27-Oct-2018, 24-Nov-2018, 22-Dec-2018, 26-Jan-2019, 23-Feb-2019, 23-Mar-2019 View more sessions

Behind the Scene Tour: Te Manawa Museum

A unique opportunity to go on a “behind the scenes” tour focusing on Māori taonga. Limited numbers so bookings essential phone - 355 5000.

Region:Palmerston North
Dates: 02-Nov-2018

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Edward VIII Coronation Tea Set
; Josiah Wedgwood & Sons Ltd (estab. 1812); 1936-1937; 004 - 006Japanese ceremonial uniform
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; 1925; 74/377/1  Armadillo's shell needle work basket; c.1912; 75/137
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; 82/22/606Mounted Huia, 97/118/2New Zealand kingfisher - Halycon sancta or Kotare.
; 97/55/3Taxidermied morepork - Ninox novaeseelandiae - or Ruru.
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Black and white photograph of Moa footprints; Mr  Tremaine , George; 1912; 74/61/1

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