Our 2020/2021

The time we spent together

Looking back to a time before Covid reared its ugly head again, we were enjoying our hard-earned freedom to create, inspire and engage on every level! Check out some of what we got up to together, during the past 18 months.

Exploring BUGS! with Koni-Leigh

Koni-Leigh and her dad came to visit BUGS! Our Backyard Heroes and made an awesome video that shows off some of the critters we had staying with us, as well as teaching some Niuean terms along the way.

Two goldfish on metal rods
Our second premiere exhibition for 2020/2021 was a quirky blend of art and science, where science and engineering met sculpture and whimsy. Click below to see how Curious Contraptions really captured our imaginations!
People in the art gallery; Palmerston North 150 logo in green
Our interactive online jigsaw puzzles look back at Palmy's Centennial Parade from 1971, which ran through the centre of town. This trip down memory lane with all its pomp and pageantry is a perfect way to mark our City's 150th anniversary this year. We even had them on display in the Art Gallery along with the beautiful Centenary Collection of public artworks.
A Meccano set box lid, featuring illustrations of yellow airport vehicles and the Meccano models representing them
Members of the Museum Society brought collection items into the spotlight through a series of deep-dive articles.

Solid Gold

We were thrilled to receive our ‘Gold’ grade from Qualmark this year. Qualmark is New Zealand tourism’s official mark of quality and it means we’re a safe, clean and welcoming space that provides an awesome experience.

A little bit of sparkle

Q: What happens when you unleash a Collections Manager and an iconic local drag queen into the heritage shoe closet?
A: A couple of cheeky little numbers as seen on our Youtube channel!

Picture of a laptop showing the Santa's Cave web-page
Photo of Santa Claus wearing a protective face mask

A very Covid Christmas…

Preparing the historic Santa’s Cave to open with public health restrictions during a pandemic is a particularly poignant affair. Santa’s Cave began in 1918 as a response to the Flu Pandemic when the community came together to spread some kindness and good cheer. At a time when we need it more than ever, it has been a privilege for Te Manawa to keep that legacy alive.

Our best wishes from our whānau to yours after a year unlike any other.
Ngā mihi arohanui. Kia kaha tātou kātoa.

Thanks for another unforgettable year!
Kā kite! See you soon.