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Until 13 March 2022Curious Contraptions

Curious Contraptions is open again for an extended season. Dozens of interactive gizmos and gadgets await you in the Atrium, downstairs in the main museum building. They were made by the Cabaret Mechanical Theatre, a UK maker collective that brings engineering and sculpture together to create the whimsical and wonderful. Entry is by donation.

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A person sits on a red cube, looking at a blue cable

Opens 27 NovemberConstellate

The annual exhibition of work by students graduating UCOL’s Bachelor of Creative Media. Features a mixture of photography, motion picture, illustration, design, 3D and animation. Experience a constellation of the country’s promising new artists as they move forward into the unknown.
A Māori kite lit in red

Every dayTe Rangi Whenua

Te Taiwhanga o Te Rangi Whenua (Te Rangi Whenua Gallery) shares the stories of iwi groups in the Manawatū, Rangitīkei and Horowhenua regions.
Women and children in Victorian clothes stand outside the Tōtaranui cottage

By arrangementHeritage Buildings

The Te Manawa site includes two historic buildings: the Awahou schoolhouse and the cottage, Totaranui, believed to be the oldest residence in Palmerston North. Guided tours of these buildings are now available by arrangement, and entry is free (kōha welcome).
A group of children in the 1950s caravan

Every dayManawatū Journeys

Manawatū has always been a place that people have journeyed through; some stay for a long time, others only briefly. Quite often they leave behind an object that tells the story of their travels. Bringing them together in one large collection, Manawatū Journeys uses these mementos to tell the bigger story of settlement in our region.
Child plays in exhibition playground

Every dayTamariki

Tamariki is a space for kids! Children under-8 and their whānau are welcome in this interactive, tactile play area. Please note, this space is currently closed during Covid-19 Alert Level 2.
A view toward the cave section of Te Awa

Every dayTe Awa - The River

The Manawatū river is the life-blood of our region. Learn more about its history, meet its inhabitants, explore how we use water and discover how our region was formed. This exhibition includes The Water Room (which runs twice a week), a native fish tank, bug specimens, a cave walk-through and an impressive moa skeleton.