Nau mai Haere mai! Welcome to Te Manawa

Te Manawa is the cultural heart of a city that thrives on discovery – entertaining and inspiring people from all walks of life for more than 40 years. It’s more than a museum and a gallery. It’s a place where concepts and communities come together.


SANTA'S CAVE - Open now!! Click HERE for Santa's hours!

UKU RERE - Contemporary Maori ceramics and MATATAU - Massey University Bachelor of Visual Arts, now open in the gallery.

Out of the Box - MacDiarmid gallery Level One. Emerging creative designers from the UCOL Bachelor of Applied Visual Imaging (BAVI) programme.

Creative Journeys every Tuesday 10am - 2pm. Come and join the Creative Journeys group in the foyer making art.


Weekend Discovery Time! Saturday and Sunday from 10am -3pm. Free.

'Explore, Create, Connect' with our Education Team

pdf WhatsOn2014OctExplore.pdf (2.57MB) 

Please feel free to read through the Te Manawa Museums Trust Statement of Intent for the Years End 30 June 2015, 2016 and 2017:

pdf TM Statement of Intent Budget 2014-15 V1.2... (0.50MB) 

  • Collected Fictions

    18 Nov - 22 Feb

    Paul Cullen, Julia Morison, Erica van Zon, Suji Park, Glen Hayward, Gareth Williams Collected Fictions features six objects from Te Manawa’s extensive Social... Read More
  • Matatau

    22 Nov - 1 Mar

    For more than ten years Te Manawa has had the privilege of hosting the exhibition Matatau which showcases a selection of work by the undergraduate and post-graduate... Read More
  • Out of the Box

    8 Nov - 25 Jan

    Out of the box UCOL – Bachelor of Applied Visual Imaging This exhibition provides an opportunity for visitors to Te Manawa to see and recognise the talent... Read More
  • Pasifika - Treasures in the Manawatu

    16 Aug - 25 Jan

    Explore what it is to be Pasifikia and living in the Manawatu - treasures from the community and Te Manawa collections.   Pasifika: Treasures in the Manawatu... Read More
  • Santa's Cave

    29 Nov - 4 Jan

    Visit the iconic Santa's Cave at Te Manawa! Santa's Hours: Sat 29 - Sun 30 Nov 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm Mon 1 - Fri 5 Dec  10am-12pm Sat 6 - Sun 7 Dec... Read More
  • Uku Rere: Nga Kaihanga Uku and beyond

    22 Nov - 15 Feb

    UKU RERE Nga Kaihanga Uku and beyond Uku Rere: Nga Kaihanga Uku & beyond is a twenty-seven year survey of contemporary ceramics by Baye Riddell, Manos Nathan,... Read More