Mō Te Manawa

Te Manawa is at home in a city that thrives on discovery and innovation, Palmerston North. In the heart of Manawatū, we engage more than 100,000 visitors annually.

Welcome to a museum beyond boundaries

At the cultural heart of our city, Te Manawa draws art, science and heritage together to reflect our past, illuminate the present and inspire a creative and sustainable future for our growing region and its people.

For twenty years, Te Manawa has been governed by a charitable trust that has responsibility for its art and heritage collections. As a non-profit organisation and registered charity, it is reliant upon grants and donations to deliver its important mission.

Our public want deeper and more energetic access to their museums. They want to see and hear their stories told, in their own voices.  They are right to demand inclusion, representation and participation.  These make for personal experiences that touch them emotionally, inspire them creatively and give life and mana to their collective heritage – making for an exciting place to live.

The main goal of Te Manawa Museums Trust is to provide the people of Manawatū and beyond with interactive experiences in art, science and heritage. For us, it is all about connection. People should feel passionate and excited about, and attached to Te Manawa, the collections we care for, and the experiences we shape with them.


Staff and Trust Board

Te Manawa is at home in a city that thrives on discovery and innovation, Palmerston North.  In the heart of Manawatū, we engage more than 100,000 visitors annually.  Furthermore Te Manawa developed exhibitions are also enjoyed at venues around Aotearoa, New Zealand.  A diverse team of more than 40 people brings our museum to life every day.

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Please click here to download and view the latest Annual Report and Statement of Intent

Our Founders

Te Manawa’s three founding organisations continue to support its development and vision to this day. Our enduring relationship ensures that the community of Palmerston North City is well-served by a meaningful engagement with art, science and social history, and that it is empowered to take its stories to the world.

  • Te Manawa Art Society
  • Te Manawa Museum Society
  • The Science Centre Inc.

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Earle Creativity and Development Trust

Established by Richard and Mary Earle, the Earle Creativity and Development Trust in the Manawatu and Rangitikei, is a Registered Charity under Public Trust and administered locally, that helps fund specific local projects within the arts and technical sciences.

Corporate Sponsors

Funding, donations and sponsorship help keep our Museum entry FREE, and it also allows us to develop and tour, or bring to our city, major exhibitions. We are grateful for the continuing support of the following financial sponsors…

Principal Funder

Key Supporters


Funding Organisations


Our volunteers are amazing. They help us deliver events and activities that excite and inspire people. They help us care for our guests and treasures and they help us take our regional stories to the world. There are many reasons people choose to volunteer at Te Manawa. We offer experience in a range of roles. If you’re keen to get involved drop us a line!


Interested in joining a diverse team of people who pride themselves on delivering a world-class experience everyday? Check our employment page for any available opportunities and apply to join one of New Zealand’s most dynamic and changing regional museums.

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