Santa's Cave

Our favourite Christmas tradition for more than 100 years, the historic Santa’s Cave is now open for 2023! That means Te Manawa is open again on Mondays too! Keep an eye on our website for info on events, stocking stuffers and Santa’s timetable as we kick off our summer programme!

Santa's Cave

Our iconic Manawatū Christmas attraction is now open! Mon-Sun 10am - 5pm.
Blurred people stride past large bronze sculptures.
Survey the long career of one of Aotearoa's most iconic sculptors.
A Māori comb made of wood and woven cord.
Presenting the work of graduating students and tutors of the Maunga Kura Toi weaving programme at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.
Students graduating from the Bachelor of Māori Visual Arts at Toioho ki Āpiti, Massey University, share sculpture, painting and other media.

Six Extinctions

Coming soon: Explore the events that changed the world. From December 16 learn about history’s great extinctions and see a skeleton cast of the largest T-Rex ever found! 

Logos of Six Extinctions Sponsors: Obo, Forsyth Barr, Isles Construction, Yorb, Team Architects and Palmerston North City Council

Rita Angus

A collection from one of New Zealand's most influential 20th Century artists, Rita Angus.
Close up detail of bagatelle board
Stuart Schwartz explores ‘Bagatelle,’ a predecessor game to the pinball machine.
Photograph of a wooden seat made by a boy and his father on a plain white background
Richard Mildon recollects his introduction to rugby as a young spectator.
Close up of the eyes of a ceramic christmas figurine wearing a red hat
Pick up a copy of our new annual magazine from the Museum shop!

Ngā Pangahono o Aotearoa

Jigsaw puzzles can be a fascinating window into a society. There are quite a few to see in the Te Manawa online collection! We’ve begun uploading more than 40,000 items to our searchable database. Start your exploration here with jigsaws, but you’ll find plenty more threads to follow in our collections of art, Pasifika, militaria and childhood taonga. Find new favourites among the treasures you don’t get to see every day…

Three people remove a painting from its frame

The visible collection

Lots of our collection can now be viewed online - here's how we did it!
A tin truck toy made in the early 20th century

Granddad's toy truck

Post-WW1 life in one of the North Island's remotest regions.
A crown, hand made from brass, red velvet and white rabbit fur.

Crowning achievements

Te Manawa has a crown of its own! Find out why it was made and who wore it more than 100 years ago.
Three people remove a painting from its frame

The visible collection

Lots of our collection can now be viewed online - here's how we did it!
A woman in an art gallery

Behind the scenes

Discover the stories that surround our exhibitions, told by the artists themselves.