Societies
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Te Manawa's three founding organisations continue to support its development and vision to this day.

Te Manawa Art Society

Te Manawa Art Society, which was established as the Palmerston North Art Gallery Society in 1959, has over the years built up one of the most valuable and representative collections of contemporary New Zealand art in any provincial gallery in the country.

In 1977 the Society raised funds to build the present Gallery which it managed until 1994 when it became part of Te Manawa Museums Trust. Te Manawa Art Society continues to own, add to and assist in displaying its part of the permanent collection, which is housed and curated by Te Manawa.

In the Te Manawa shop you can buy cards of works from the collection and the publication Collectively Speaking celebrating the Society’s 50th anniversary. It depicts 50 of the works, lists the entire collection and tells the story of the Art Society and the Gallery.

Support the Art Gallery and become more connected by joining the Society and receiving;

  • Quarterly newsletters that provide information about coming exhibitions in the Gallery
  • Invitations to openings and the Society’s Art and About events
  • Te Manawa What’s On newsletters
  • Notification of AGMs which provide an opportunity to join the committee and become involved in the future direction of the Gallery.

To find out more about becoming a Te Manawa Art Society Member, download the Art Society membership brochure

Te Manawa Museum Society

Membership of the Te Manawa Museum Society is for people interested in history, museum principles and their applications, and increasing public awareness of these through contributing to a society supporting Te Manawa. Te Manawa presents regularly changing displays in its Museum, Art Gallery and Science Centre.

They range from locally created displays such as Blood & Fire: 125 Years of the Salvation Army in Manawatū and Motorcycles Unleashed to block-busters such as the Da Vinci Machines. The Museum Society is one of the founding societies of the institution now known as Te Manawa and has a strong desire for Te Manawa, and the museum galleries in particular, to grow in their public appeal. It aims to support Te Manawa staff in developing exhibitions and organises events for members from time-to-time.

The Museum Society is registered with the Charities Commission.

Your support for the Museum Society also helps to bring special events and exhibitions to the Manawatū and encourages the development of new activities and services.

Membership benefits include:

  • Invitations to Te Manawa events and celebrations
  • Admission to meetings and events organised by affiliated societies – The Science Centre Inc and Te Manawa Art Society
  • Admission to talks organised for affiliated societies
  • Admission to behind-the-scences tours organised for affiliated societies.

To find out more about becoming a Te Manawa Museum Society Member, Download the Museum Society Renewal

The Science Centre Inc

Membership of The Science Centre Inc is for people interested in science, scientific principles and their applications, and increasing public awareness of these through contributing to a society supporting Te Manawa. Te Manawa presents regularly changing displays in its Museum of Art, Science and History. They range from locally created displays such as Mirror Magic and Motorcycles Unleashed to block-busters such as the Da Vinci Machines.

The Science Centre Inc is one of the founding societies of the institution now known as Te Manawa and has a strong desire for Te Manawa, and the science galleries in particular, to grow in their public appeal. It aims to support Te Manawa staff in developing exhibitions and organises events for members from time-to-time.

The Science Centre Inc is registered with the Charities Commission (CC29668).

Your support for The Science Centre Inc also helps to bring special events and exhibitions to the Manawatū and encourages the development of new activities and services.

Membership benefits include:
Invitations to Te Manawa events and celebrations
Admission to meetings and events organised by affiliated societies – Museum Society and Te Manawa Art Society
Admission to talks organised for affiliated societies
Admission to behind-the-scences tours organised for affiliated societies.

To join The Science Centre Inc Download the Science Centre Inc Membership Form