About Us

As the cultural heart of our city Te Manawa draws art, science and history together, recognising the uniqueness of each area and reflecting our growing region and its people.  

Te Manawa Museums Trust (the Trust) is a charitable trust incorporated in New Zealand under the Charitable Trusts Act 1957 and is domiciled in New Zealand. The Trust is controlled by Palmerston North City Council and is a Council Controlled Organisation as defined under section 6 of the Local Government Act 2002, by virtue of the Council's right to appoint more than 50% of the Board of Trustees.

The Trust was incorporated on 20 August 1999, from that date, the Trust assumed responsibility for art works and heritage assets transferred to its care but held on behalf of others. From 1 July 2000 the Trust commenced leasing the premises and managing the institution under agreements entered into with the Palmerston North City Council. 

The primary objective of the Trust is to provide interactive experience in art, science and history through acquiring, conserving, researching, developing, communicating and exhibiting material evidence of people and their environment, rather than making a financial return.

326 Main Street
Palmerston North
06 355 5000

Opening Hours
10am-5pm daily including weekends and public holidays (except Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day and Good Friday)

Free general admission

For a full staff directory please click here

Disability Access
Te Manawa galleries are readily accessible with lifts servicing all levels. Please ask if you have special needs.

Te Manawa has proudly achieved a "Be Welcome" gold rating. 

Tours and Education Services
We welcome enquiries from schools and groups with specialist interests. Please contact the Booking Officer

General, disability access and parenting facilities are available in both buildings.

For copyright and cultural reasons photography is not generally permitted in the galleries. Photography permits are generally available on request.

Public Transport
Main Street is served by bus and taxi.

A pay and display public carpark is located on Main Street adjacent to the entrance.

Coats, bags and valuables can be left in lockers. Ask at reception for details..

Principal Funder
Palmerston North City Council